General Information

University Commencement

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Morningside Campus
Low Plaza

Graduation CapColumbia University holds one commencement per year in May for all graduates. The university wide ceremony is held on the downtown campus in the quad. Degree candidates are invited and encouraged to participate in the University Commencement on May 21, 2014. Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all degree candidates. Each degree candidate can receive tickets for the Morningside University Commencement, which can be given to friends and family (a degree candidate needs no ticket if he or she is wearing academic regalia). BS degree candidates can request up to four tickets, and MS or Doctoral candidates can receive up to three tickets.
View CU Commencement Website

School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony

Graduates 2014 Tuesday, May 20, 2014
10:00 a.m.
The Armory
216 Fort Washington Avenue at West 168th St.

The School of Nursing also holds a ceremony for nursing graduates each May. The Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony includes the White Coat Ceremony, and is followed by a reception. 

There is no limit on the amount of guests students may bring.  Students will be asked to accurately RSVP for their guests later in the Spring term.
Academic regalia is required for all MS and Doctoral degree candidates.
White Coats are required for all BS candidates.

For Directions, view The Armory website: Maps and Directions

Doors to the Graduation Ceremony will open at 9:00 am for guest seating. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

There will be a reception immediately following the Graduation Ceremony at The Armory. SON grads, their guests, and faculty are invited to attend the celebration!

For February and May MS and Doctoral graduates, SON pins will be available at the reception after the ceremony.

A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate during the SON ceremony.  Photos will be available to students and their families for purchase.
Graduates 2012

Disability Accommodations

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is pleased to coordinate any disability related services or accommodations for graduates or their guests with disabilities for the University's Commencement activities.  Details on disability access can be found online: Campus Accessibility

Graduates that have any guests that require disability seating at the School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony should e-mail the Office of Student Services at

Travel & Accommodations

Are you expecting out of town family and guests for graduation? Click here for travel and accommodations in New York City: Family and Friends Info

This website is the official way that SON students learn updates about Commencement.  Any changes will be updated over the course of the spring semester, typically once a month. Students should check this website for updates.

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