Convocation FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions are available here. Please make sure that your question is not answered in this very detailed FAQ before contacting an office with questions.

The GSAS Convocation ceremonies recognize candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, respectively. At GSAS Convocation, degree candidates are presented individually by name, ascend the stage, and are greeted by the dean of the Graduate School.

University Commencement is the Columbia-wide ceremony in which degrees are officially conferred. All of the University’s schools participate in this event.

GSAS students are allowed 2 guest tickets for the University Commencement on Wednesday, May 18. 

Academic regalia and a Columbia ID card are required for graduates, and guests must show their e-tickets. General admission gates open at 8:30 a.m. Graduates line up by school at 9:00 a.m. Find more information about University Commencement here.

Convocation and Commencement in May are the only ceremonies for GSAS students, regardless of whether their degrees are officially conferred in October, February, or May. Please see the dropdown “How do I verify my eligibility” on the Convocation page to determine your eligibility to participate in the May ceremonies.

After the graduation ceremonies, diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address on file in the "Diploma Address" section of the "Addresses: View and Update" page in SSOL.

Yes. The Convocation and Commencement ceremonies will be available via webcast. Viewing links will be shared on this page a week before the ceremonies.

Guests and graduates will not be permitted to bring animals into the tents unless for disability service support that is communicated to us in advance.

Guests line up on 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam and enter through one of two gates leading into the campus's South Lawn. Gates open 30 minutes prior to the start time of the PhD Convocation and MA Convocation and about 40 minutes prior to the start time of the Commencement ceremony. Guests are strongly discouraged from arriving too early because most campus entries remain closed while other ceremonies are underway.

Guests with disabilities or limited mobility, older individuals needing assistance, or those in need of sign language interpretation should enter campus through the designated gate located at 116th Street/College Walk and Amsterdam Ave. Please refer to these maps for accessible routes on campus.