GSAPP-specific Commencement

The 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the GSAPP will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 on the South Lawn, Columbia University. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 PM and will be followed by a toast for each program and a commencement reception.
The End of the Year show of select student work opens at 5:00 PM.
Saturday May 12th, 2018 at 1:00 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. Graduates do not need tickets for themselves. Registration for guest tickets is available beginning on Monday, March 19th and will close on Monday, April 30th.
Academic Attire (cap and gown) is required for both the GSAPP ceremony and the University Ceremony on May 16th and can be purchased at the Columbia University Bookstore.
11:30 PM Students check in and line up in Lerner Hall
12:30 PM Carman and John Jay Gates open for guest seating, For disability access, enter at 116th and Amsterdam Avenue.
1:00 PM Procession begins
3:00 PM (approximately) Toasts and Receptions

Immediately following the ceremony, a toast and reception will be held for each program on campus.

HP, RED, UP: Havemeyer Tent (west of the Business School/Uris Hall)
M.ARCH, AAD, CCCP, UD: 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 prior to general seating 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 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 9 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.
We are creating a photo collection for the graduating Class of 2018. 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 ie socializing, personal process documentation. Please take the time to go through your phones, harddrives, etc and submit images by Friday, March 23th here or use #GSAPPTravels and #GSAPP2018 and tag @ColumbiaGSAPP on social media.
An exhibition of selected student work will open immediately following the Commencement receptions on Saturday, May 12th, 5-8 PM and will be on view in Avery and Fayerweather Halls through Saturday, May 19th. Information and guidelines will be emailed and posted on the GSAPP website as soon as they are available.
If you have any questions, please stop by the Events Office (415 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 2018
is invited to attend University Commencement of the 264rd Academic Year

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 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

Please see the newsletter sent out by the University Commencement office for the latest updates.

Detailed information about the University Ceremony including registering for guest tickets, is available on the Columbia University Commencement website:

DIPLOMAS: Will be mailed to the address on file with SSOL. Please see instructions here.

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