FAQ

Is there a way to view previously shared information by the Office of Student Affairs?
Yes! Once the 2018 communications cycle begins, copies of messages can be found here.

Which students are eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony?
October 2017 and February 2018 graduates and May 2018 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 2018 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 after spring break.

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 at 3 p.m., one hour before the ceremony begins.

Is there seating available for those with disabilities?

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.

Please 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
  • Rosenfield Parking Lot
  • 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).

Disability requests are collected in the Mailman RSVP in an attempt to preemptively understand the needs of all commencement guests. Contact the msph-osa [at] columbia.edu (Office of Student Affairs) should you have any questions or concerns.

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?
Fill out the letter request form here, and return it to the Office of Student Affairs in Suite 1014. Letters will typically be ready for pick-up two to three days after submission.

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.