RSVP and Ticket Information

Please review the following information regarding RSVP and Ticket information for both the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Commencement Ceremonies. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the information provided below, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Mailman School of Public Health 2018 Commencement

At A Glance

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Graduate Arrival:

  • Check-in for graduates begins at 2:30 p.m. in Hammer (lower levels)
  • Ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. (procession begins at ~3:30 p.m.)

Guest Arrival: Guests may begin entering the Armory at ~2:30 p.m. and should be in their seats by 3:30 p.m. for the procession.

Where: The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Ave (Campus Map: Please note The Armory is labeled as the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory)

RSVP Information and details

An RSVP is required for attendance to the Mailman School Commencement Ceremony. Please be sure to RSVP by Friday, May 4, 2018.

  • The Mailman 2018 Ceremony is open to all eligible May 2018 degree candidates and October 2017 or February 2018 graduates. If you do not plan on attending the ceremony, you do not need to RSVP.

  • Accelerated Students who wish to participate in the 2018 Commencement Ceremony should have submitted their graduation application by selecting an October degree conferral. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for any assistance.

  • Mailman degree candidates may RSVP for up to six (6) guests (not including themselves).

  • No physical tickets will be distributed for the Mailman Ceremony nor will there be any sort of check-in for guests. RSVPs are required for accounting purposes and to ensure proper line up for Commencement. 

  • Please indicate any necessary disability accommodations for the Mailman Commencement Ceremony when completing the RSVP form.


University Commencement of the 264th Academic Year

At A Glance

Website: Click here.

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Graduate Arrival: Student line up begins on upper campus at 9:00 a.m.

Guest Arrival: General admission for guests opens at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Morningside Campus, Columbia University in the City of New York. Rain or shine.

TICKET Information

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 by Friday, May 4, 2018.

Important Ticket details:

  • Registration is open to all eligible May 2018 degree candidates, February 2018, and October 2017 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 request up to two (2) tickets for their guests. Graduating students do not need a ticket for themselves.

  • University 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). Each ticket has a unique QR code that can be scanned only once. Please do not distribute your tickets via both options, as this will cause confusion for guests when they reach the admission entrance. Please make sure that each guest has one numbered ticket containing 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.

  • Please be sure to send or give your tickets to your guests prior to University 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 in advance and will be scanned for admission into the Ceremony. This will reduce lines at the General Admission gates.

  • Be kind to your fellow classmates and register only for the amount of guest tickets that you intend to use. 

  • 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 4.

  • A step-by-step guide has been created by the University Commencement planning team to aid students with their ticket requests. An FAQ also provided by the Commencement Office may assist with any additional troubleshooting.

Commencement Ticket