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Please download the 2019 GSAPP Commencement brochure here.
The Commencement Ceremony for the GSAPP was held Saturday, May 18, 2019 on the South Lawn, Columbia University.
Saturday May 18th, 2019 at 12:00 PM (rain or shine)
South Lawn (North of Butler Library), Morningside Campus, Columbia University
Ticketing has now closed, all guests are required to have a ticket. Please contact commencement@arch.columbia.edu if you have a question regarding ticketing.
Academic Attire (cap and gown) is required for both the GSAPP ceremony and the University Ceremony on May 22nd and can be purchased at the Columbia University Bookstore.

10:00 AM Students check in and line up in Lerner Hall

11:00 AM Carman and John Jay Gates on 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue open for guest seating, for disability access, enter at 116th and Amsterdam Avenue.

12:00 PM Procession begins

2:00 PM Receptions for graduates and ticketed guests.


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 deansoffice@arch.columbia.edu and at access@columbia.edu 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 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).

GradImages Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email giservice@gradimages.net.


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 15 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 2019. 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 via social media using #GSAPPTravels and #GSAPP2019 and tag @ColumbiaGSAPP.
An exhibition of selected student work will open immediately following the Commencement receptions on Saturday, May 18th, 5-7 PM and will be on view in Avery and Fayerweather Halls through Wednesday, May 22nd. 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 commencement@arch.columbia.edu
Historic Preservation students at 2015 Graduation photograph
Historic Preservation students at 2015 Graduation

Columbia University Commencement

The Columbia University Class of 2019 is invited to attend University Commencement of the 265th Academic Year

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 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

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