Commencement 2018

Commencement Information for 2018


Live Stream of Thursday, May 17 CDM Graduation



Academic attire for doctoral candidates require special ordering through the Columbia University Bookstore. Only students receiving their doctoral degree from Columbia can wear the Columbia University doctoral academic attire. For postdoctoral students receiving a Master's Degree, you must wear a Columbia University masters academic attire.

Please note that you will be able to order your academic attire for graduation at:

The Medical School Grad Fair will be held on March 9th: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the CUMC Bookstore

The Morningside Campus Grad Fair will be held March 6th through 9th: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore

All students who attend the Grad Fair will receive $15 off a diploma frame and an additional 25% off all clearance and Class of 2018 merchandise. At these fairs, you will be able to order academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames. For more information, please call the Columbia Bookstore at 212-854-4132.

All orders must be in by designated deadline of March 26, 2018 to avoid a late fee and ensure delivery by date of ceremony.


Rehearsal for CDM DDS Graduation Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Armory New Balance Track and Field Center (4th floor)

Rehearsal is MANDATORY


Columbia University Commencement ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all graduating students from Degree granting programs across the University.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Candidate Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: College Walk, Morningside Campus

Tickets: Online registration is required for graduating students, and tickets are required for guests. Please use the link below to register to participate in the Ceremony and request guest tickets before Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12 p.m. (or alternate date if your school chooses to close earlier):

Important details:

• Registration is open to all eligible May 2018 degree candidates, February 2018, and October 2017 graduates from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University. Students must register to participate in University Commencement. Registration will close on Friday, May 4 and students will be required to register by 12 p.m.

graduate degree candidates may to request up to two (2) tickets for their guests. Graduating students do not need a ticket for themselves but must still register.

• University Commencement guest tickets will be electronic tickets, and will be available to you upon completion of registration. Please choose only one option to receive your tickets (print the tickets yourself or send them electronically for your guests to print). Each ticket has a unique QR code that can be scanned only once. Please do not distribute your tickets via both options, as this will cause confusion for guests when they reach the admission entrance. Please make sure that each guest has one numbered ticket containing a unique QR code. Only the first guest arriving with that unique ticket will be allowed entry to the ceremony. Any additional copies of the same ticket will be turned away at the gates.

• Be kind to your fellow graduates and register only for the amount of guest tickets that you intend to use.

• Please be sure to send or give your tickets to your guests prior to University Commencement Day as it will be nearly impossible to navigate from upper campus (degree candidate procession area) to lower campus (guest seating area) on the day of the event. Each ticket must be printed in advance and will be scanned for admission into the Ceremony. This will reduce lines at the General Admission gates.

• Please note that University Commencement is held on Low Plaza and that the processional route for students includes stairs. Those graduates who need assistance walking or negotiating stairs should contact Disability Services at 212-854-2388 (Voice/TTY) or email to arrange for accessible seating by Friday, May 4.


The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied entry to the ceremony on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony.


Class Day celebrates the DDS Class of 2018 and recognizes specific students with the presentation of awards and certificates.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Auditorium
Reception: Bard Hall Lounge

Tickets: tickets are not required


The DDS Graduation Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of graduating DDS students from the College of Dental Medicine (CDM).  Student's names are read as they proceed across the stage.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Armory New Balance Track and Field Center
Reception: Armory New Balance Track and Field Center, 12-2pm

Tickets: tickets are not required


The Postdoctoral Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of graduating Postdoctoral Students from specialty and residency programs at the College of Dental Medicine (CDM). 

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 9:30am
Location: United Palace Theater (4140 Broadway)
Reception: TBD

Tickets: tickets are not required