FAQ

Is there a way to view previously shared information by the Office of Student Affairs?

The Office of Student Affairs will begin communication to graduates on March 11. Following that date, copies of messages will be found here.

Email 1: Commencement 2019 - Congratulations!

Email 2: Commencement Updates

Email 3: Are you attending commencement?

Email 4: Don't forget to celebrate!

Email 5: Some commencemnt reminders

Email 6: Columbia Mailman Teaching Awards - Cast your vote!

Email 7: Class Speaker Competition! And name pronunciation update.

Email 8: Still collecting votes and some additional reminders

Email 9: Celebrate all you've achieved!

Email 10: Columbia Mailman Commencement - May 21, 2019

Which students are eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony?

October 2018 and February 2019 graduates and May 2019 prospective graduates are invited to attend the Commencement ceremony in May. Students will be allowed to walk in the Mailman graduation ceremony if they have no more than six credits to complete the program. October 2019 graduates may participate as "walk-throughs" should they choose. Please contact your academic department for eligibility. It is important to note that "walking" in the ceremony does not constitute degree conferral.

How do I RSVP for the ceremony?

The RSVP form will be available beginning Monday, March 18.

Where can I find a schedule of events for Commencement?

The schedule for Commencement will be available later in the Spring semester.

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

For Mailman School Commencement ceremonies held at the Armory, we ask students to limit their guests to six.

For the University Commencement ceremony on the Morningside campus, each graduate student must abide by the ticket limit set by coordinators and the Morningside campus. Ticket in information for the University Commencement ceremony can be found here.

When can guests begin entering the Armory for the ceremony?

Doors will open by 3:00 p.m., one hour before the ceremony begins.

Is there seating available for those with disabilities?

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for students and their invited guests, and it encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Students will be given the opportunity to provide any disability requests when they RSVP for the Columbia Mailman School Commencement ceremony. Students or guests are welcome to contact the msph-osa [at] columbia.edu (Office of Student Affairs) should they have any questions or concerns.

Disability Seating

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 (accessible entrance). 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. However, seating in the Disability Services section will be limited to parties of 6 and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Should attendants prefer, they may contact Disability Services with any specific requests for information about accessibility of the venues for these commencement ceremonies or to request accommodations. Disability Services can be reached via email at access [at] columbia.edu or at 212-854-2388.

Parking and Transportation Information

Due to ongoing construction CUMC campus and the limited supply of on-site parking at the Medical Center, the Facilities Office is unable to issue any guest vouchers or parking permits for CUMC students or guests at this time. The following parking garages are near the CUMC campus:

  • Bard Haven Towers Garage
  • Russ Berrie Building Garage
  • ICRC Garage
  • NYPH Visitor and Staff Parking Lot

Please visit the CUMC parking site for full details. The Facilities Office can also be reached via email at cumc.parking [at] columbia.edu or at 212-305-4357 (Option 7)

The CUMC parking site also provides information for alternative parking and transportation options. You may travel to CUMC campus by New York City Public Transportation: take the 1 (local), A (express), or C (local) trains to the 168th Street Station. A number of city buses also serve CUMC (M2, M3, M4, M5, and M100).

Is there parking available?

Parking is very limited, and we encourage you and your guests to use public transportation to travel to the ceremony. See the CUMC Transportation website for directions and information

I need to provide a letter to a United States Embassy inviting my family to the ceremony. How do I do this?

Students in need of an invitation letter may file a request online through Engage. The Office of Student Affairs will contact students upon completing the letters, typically three to five business days after submission. Please msph-osa [at] cumc.columbia.edu (subject: Family%20Invite%20Letter) (contact )them with any questions or concerns.

How do I pick up my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to the Diploma Address listed on SSOL. All students should login to SSOL to add or ammend their diploma address. If you do not receive your diploma by mid-July, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 212-342-3128.