Commencement

Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all graduates, visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person Commencement events this May.  Vaccination cards will be checked upon entry to all outdoor and indoor venues. 

Columbia University Commencement

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
10:30am – 12:00pm (Graduates Line-Up at 7:45am)
Morningside Campus
Low Plaza

Columbia University holds one commencement per year in May for all graduates. The university-wide ceremony is held on the Morningside campus in the quad. All Columbia Nursing degree candidates are invited and encouraged to participate in University Commencement. Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all degree candidates. All graduating students are required to register online to participate in University Commencement and to obtain guest tickets (2 guests tickets allowed per graduate). Guests are required to present tickets to access the ceremony. 

Visit the Columbia University Commencement site.

Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm (Graduates Line-Up at 8:45am)

The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, Arena
216 Fort Washington Avenue at West 168th St

Columbia Nursing holds a ceremony for nursing graduates each May. February, May and October 2022 graduates are invited to attend the 2022 Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony. Academic regalia is required for all MS and Doctoral degree candidates.

Graduating students must register to attend the Nursing Graduation Ceremony and to obtain guest tickets, if desired. Each degree candidate may request up to 6 guest tickets. Graduating students will receive further registration and ticketing information in April.

For directions, view The New Balance Track & Field website: Map and Directions

Important Information for Graduates and Guests

Graduating Students Communications and Ticketing Information

Graduating students are being sent information via email. As a reminder, graduating students must register to attend and request guest tickets for both the University Commencement and the Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony by Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:00pm ET. If you are a graduating student and have not received the information, please email the Office of Student Services at OSSNursing@cumc.columbia.edu.

Information Regarding Children on Campus

Children are welcome at University Commencement and at the Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony. All children over the age of three must have a ticket to attend and children over the age of five must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status.

Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To attend any Commencement activity or event on Columbia campuses, all graduates, visiting alumni and guests over the age of five must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status and provide full proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated for medical, religious, or other reasons will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (an at-home antigen test on the day of each event or PCR test within 48 hours of the first attended event). Additionally, unvaccinated guests over the age of two must wear a face mask during all events.

Note that this event policy is dependent on the status of the University's COVID-19 Monitoring Plan.

COVID-19 Safety & Vaccination Requirement

Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To attend any Commencement activity or event on Columbia campuses, all graduates, visiting alumni, and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status and provide full proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated guests over the age of two must wear a mask during all events.

Event health and safety policies are dependent on the status of the University's COVID-19 Monitoring Plan and subject to change. Please click here for the most current information.

Master’s Degree Candidates: Gown, Cap, Tassel

Master’s candidates at Columbia University and its affiliated institutions wear a cap (mortarboard) with tassel and gown. No hood is worn. Master’s degree candidates purchase souvenir student regalia (items are yours to keep) and you do not need to pre-order your gown.

There are two ways to receive your regalia:

  1. Morningside Bookstore: Students can purchase their regalia on site beginning March 8. Pre-ordering is not necessary for Master’s gowns. Gowns can be picked up at the Morningside Bookstore until Commencement day (though students are encouraged to pick up their regalia early).
     
  2. Order Online to be shipped (online ordering accepted from 3/14-4/27): Out-of-town students can have their gown shipped to them (for a fee) through the Morningside Bookstore. Visit the Morningside Columbia University Bookstore website for information, including deadlines, cost, and or to place an order.

For Assistance Purchasing Regalia, call the Columbia University Bookstore at 212-854-6145 or visit the Columbia University Bookstore website.

Grad Fair Dates:

  • Morningside Campus Bookstore: March 8-10, 2022 | 11:00am - 7:00pm
  • CUIMC Campus Bookstore: March 11, 2022 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

Doctoral Degree Candidates: Gown, Velvet Tam, Hood

Doctoral graduates wear a gown, velvet tam, and hood. Velvet tams must be purchased. Students will need to indicate which program they are graduating from when ordering regalia since this determines the color of the hood:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Standard PhD blue hoods
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Apricot hoods with green cord lining

Doctoral Gown Rental: Doctoral students can be measured for their gown and place their doctoral gown order at either Grad Fair. Gowns can be picked up at the Morningside Columbia University Bookstore located at 2922 Broadway. Rental gowns must be returned to the bookstore. Gowns must be ordered by March 31 to ensure they are received before graduation. Visit the Morningside Columbia University Bookstore website for information, including deadlines, cost, and or to place an order.

For Assistance Purchasing Regalia, call the Columbia University Bookstore at 212-854-6145 or visit the Columbia University Bookstore website.

Grad Fair Dates:

  • Morningside Campus Bookstore: March 8-10, 2022 | 11:00am - 7:00pm
  • CUIMC Campus Bookstore: March 11, 2022 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

Live Stream of the Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony

For family and friends that cannot attend, a live webcast will be available for viewing during the Graduation Ceremony. The live webcast can be accessed using the link below:

2022 Columbia University School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony Livestream

Photography

Island Photography will be providing the photo coverage for our commencement ceremony. Island photography provides a registration page where students may submit details ahead of time to receive proofs. They can be contacted at custserv@islandphoto.com with any questions.

Disability Services

Guests with disabilities, limited mobility, or the elderly needing assistance should enter the New Balance Track and Field Center (Armory) at 216 Fort Washington Avenue. Event Host staff will have wheelchairs available to help escort guests needing assistance to the seating area. No reservation is required for assistance or for seating.

If you haven't already, students, and their guests, requiring accommodations during University Commencement or school graduation ceremonies, including graduates whose disabilities limit their ability to walk or negotiate stairs, should contact Disability Services at access@columbia.edu or at 212-854-2388.

Directions, Parking Information, and Travel Resource

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is located west of Broadway on 168th Street. The School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony is held at The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, Arena (216 Fort Washington Avenue at West 168th Street).

Parking on campus is extremely limited on campus. This is especially compounded during Commencement like events when thousands of additional guests visit our campus. Guests are encouraged to take public transportation; information on alternative transportation (instead of driving) is available here. Including but not limited to:

  • Public Transportation such as the MTA Bus and Subway system
  • Bicycle
  • Train or Interstate Bus

Visitors and Personal Travel Resource

https://www.worldtravelinc.com/columbia.visitors.portal

Columbia University offers negotiated car and hotel rates for campus visitors. To book a car or hotel reservation new users must create an account to access the Visitors Online Booking Tool. Registered users may sign in to the Visitors Online Booking Tool to book Columbia negotiated rates or to change/cancel an existing reservation. Visitor and personal travel may only be booked online and users must carefully review details, rules and cancellation policies of each hotel and car rental supplier prior to completing a booking as some rates selected may be completely non-refundable and non-changeable.