Information for Guests

Information for Guests

The following information will help to ensure that you have an enjoyable and memorable experience with your graduate.

GSAS Convocations: Tickets are required for guests and can be obtained only in advance by the graduating student. Tickets will be distributed as e-tickets and must be shown to enter the event.

University Commencement: Tickets are required for guests and can be obtained only in advance by the graduating student. GSAS students are allowed two guest tickets for University Commencement. Tickets will be distributed as e-tickets and must be shown to enter the event. General admission gates open at 8:30 a.m. Please find more information about University Commencement here.

Directions

The Visitors Center website includes comprehensive directions for traveling to campus via car or public transportation.

Parking

Parking is extremely limited during Commencement week. For more information, see this page on the University Commencement website.

International Visitors

If you will be traveling to Columbia from abroad, please have your graduate consult these instructions from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).

Several local hotels offer discounted rates to visitors to Columbia University. Visit the University's Travel Portal for more information. We recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible.

Two Columbia affiliates have a limited number of guest rooms available.

Union Theological Seminary Landmark Guest Rooms
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street), New York, NY 10027 
(212) 280-1313

Teachers College Guest Housing
517 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3235

Leave Luggage and Valuables Behind

Please note that there is no place on campus to store luggage or valuables during the Convocation or Commencement ceremonies. 

Entering the Ceremony

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 Doctoral Convocation and Master’s 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.

Visit Nous Espresso Bar

While on campus, we encourage you to visit Nous Espresso Bar in the Graduate Student Center (301 Philosophy Hall), which will be open to the public on Convocation Day. The café offers food and beverages for purchase, including Blue Bottle Coffee, Rishi Tea, pastries, sandwiches, and more.