Commencement 2016

2016 Commencement Ceremony
May 14, 2016 Columbia GSAPP Commencement ceremony.

GSAPP Commencement

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony for the GSAPP will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 on the South Lawn, Columbia University. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM and will be followed by a toast for each program and a commencement reception. After these commencement activities, at 6:00 PM the End of the Year show, an exhibition of select student work, will open.
Saturday May 14th, 2016 at 2:30 PM (rain or shine)
South Lawn (North of Butler Library), Morningside Campus, Columbia University
Four (4) Guest Tickets will be available per graduate, and are required to attend the ceremony. The tickets will be available electronically through an online registration system (a email about tickets for the GSAPP ceremony will be sent in April to graduating students and a link will be added to this page). Graduates do not need tickets for themselves.
Academic Attire (cap and gown) is required for both the GSAPP ceremony and the University Ceremony on May 18th and can be purchased at the Columbia University Bookstore.
12:30 PM Students check in and line up in Lerner Hall
1:30 PM Gates open for guest seating
2:10 PM Procession begins
2:30 PM GSAPP Ceremony begins
4:30 PM (approximately) Graduate recessional to Low Plaza

Immediately following the ceremony, a toast and reception will be held for each program. Please ask your guests to Please ask your guests to follow the directions of commencement staff to meet you at your toast location as follows:

RED: Havemeyer Tent (to the west of the Business School/Uris Hall)

HP: Conservation Lab (656 Schermerhorn Extension) for the toast, followed by reception in Havemeyer Tent (to the west of the Business School/ Uris Hall)

UP: Havemeyer Tent (to the west of the Business School/ Uris Hall)

CCCP: Buell Hall Lobby for the toast, followed by reception in Avery Schermerhorn Tent

UD: Avery Schermerhorn Tent

AAD: Avery Schermerhorn Tent

M. Arch: Avery Schermerhorn Tent

Graduates with guests who will need assistance or extra time to be seated are encouraged to contact us in advance at and at with details so we will be prepared for your arrival and have appropriate seating available. We ask guests needing assistance or in wheelchairs to enter at the Amsterdam and 116th Street gates. (Wheelchairs will also be available to borrow at this entrance.) Guest seating for those needing assistance will open at 1:00 PM at the Northeast gate. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and we cannot hold seating for family members.
A professional photography firm, Island Photography, will be present at the GSAPP Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed at the ceremony and will have the opportunity to purchase photos following commencement. If you are interested in purchasing photos, you must fill out a photography address card at the ceremony or register online to receive emailed proofs (no obligation to purchase) by providing your information to Island Photography.

Please be reminded that all students planning to graduate in May from the Master of Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, or Architecture and Urban Design programs must submit a portfolio of representative work from each semester of studio in order to graduate.

Portfolios must be submitted by Wednesday, May 11 at 10 AM on the 4th floor of Avery Hall. This is a strict deadline. Portfolios will also be used to assist the Faculty Awards Committee in determining the recipients of the various design prizes awarded to graduates.

Information about graduation prizes and requirements is here.
For the first time this year, we are creating a yearbook for the graduating Class of 2016. Please submit photos of your year(s) spent at GSAPP. The yearbook will focus on social and personal aspects of your time here, rather than the work you did. Please take the time to go through your phones, harddrives, etc and submit images by Friday, April 8th to GSAPP YEARBOOK 2016.
An exhibition of selected student work will open immediately following the Commencement receptions on Saturday, May 14th, 6 -8 PM and will be on view in Avery and Fayerweather Halls through Saturday, May 21st. Information and guidelines will be emailed and posted on the GSAPP website as soon as they are available. Students whose work is included in the exhibition must make plans to claim it on Sunday, May 22nd and Monday, May 23rd. We have no facilities for storage of work over the summer, and the School cannot be responsible for work left after 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 24th.
If you have any questions, please stop by the Dean’s Office (402 Avery Hall) or email
Historic Preservation students at 2015 Graduation photograph
Historic Preservation students at 2015 Graduation

Columbia University Commencement

The Columbia University Class of 2016
is invited to attend University Commencement of the 262nd Academic Year

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Student line up on upper campus at 9:00 a.m.
General admission for guests opens at 8:30 a.m.

Morningside Campus, rain or shine
Columbia University in the City of New York

Additional information about the University Ceremony
is available on the Columbia University Commencement website

This ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM and will be held on the plaza in front of Low Memorial Library. General Admission gates open at 8:30 AM. Graduating students should begin assembling by the North West side of Low Library by Mathematics Lawn at approximately 9:00 AM. The procession for the ceremony will begin at 9:30 AM after the chapel bells ring.
The ceremony will be held outdoors on the Morningside Campus, rain or shine. The Levien Gymnasium of the Dodge Fitness Center will serve as an indoor, weather-friendly, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket. Additionally, the ceremony can viewed via live webcast from the University Commencement homepage.
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 6, 2016:
  • Registration is open to all eligible May 2016 degree candidates, February 2016 and October 2015 graduates from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University. If you do not plan on attending the ceremony, you do not need to register.

  • Graduate degree candidates may to request up to three (3) tickets for their guests. Graduating students do not need a ticket for themselves.

  • Your 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) to distribute to your guests. Each ticket has a unique QR code that can be scanned only once. Distributing your tickets via both options will cause confusion for guests when they reach the admission entrance. Please make sure that each guest has one numbered ticket which contains 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 classmates 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 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 out 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 6.

Academic Attire (cap and gown) required for both the University Ceremony on May 18th and the GSAPP Ceremony on May 14th and can be purchased through the Columbia University Bookstore.
Will be mailed to the address on file with SSOL. Please see instructions here.
Additional information about the University Ceremony is available on the Columbia University Commencement website: