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The 2020 Graduation Calendar Information contains important dates for successful graduation. A pdf version can be found by accessing the Graduation Calendar Download.



February 12, 2020

J.D.  Graduation Informational Meeting 
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room 104/106 in Jerome Greene Hall.

February 13, 2020

LL.M. Graduation Informational Meeting 
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Room 104/106 in Jerome Greene Hall.

February 13, 2020

Visas for Family Members Students who require invitation letters in order to obtain travel visas for family members may request these from the Student Services Office by SIGNING UP HERE.

February 18-20, 2020

Graduation portrait shots with GradImages 
Location: Drapkin Lounge
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
No appointment needed

February 17-21, 2020

Graduation Speakers (JD and LLM) can submit a 2-minute video.
Deadline: February 21st at 12 noon. Please submit all videos to Jacob Rosati: [email protected] with the subject line: "GRAD SPEAKER VIDEO SUBMISSION"

February 24-26, 2020      

JD and LLM Graduation Speakers
1st round of voting ends at 12 p.m. on February 26th.
Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey.

February 24-March 4, 2020   

Graduation Marshal Application
Due no later than 12 p.m. on March 4th. SIGN UP HERE if you are interested.  

February 24-March 4, 2020     

Willis LM. Reese Prize Award Survey
Voting ends at 12 p.m. on March 4th. Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey.

February 28, 2020

Deadline: Bar Housing Application




March 1, 2020                                              

Deadline: Completion of pro bono service requirement (JDs Only). Please see the Pro Bono Forms and Guidelines and FAQs for details. For further questions, contact Nadine Mompremier.

March 2-March 4, 2020 

JD and LLM Graduation Speakers Runoff  
Voting ends at 12 p.m. on March 4th. Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey.

March 4, 2020

Deadline: (1) AUDIO pronunciation, (2) PHONETIC pronunciation, (3) Name on Program,  and (4) Office of Career Services GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT SURVEY (JDs only) 
Failure to comply will delay your ability to order your cap, gown, and hood. 

March 10-12, 2020

Graduation Fair at Columbia University Bookstore
Lerner Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cap and gown fitting/ordering and graduation vendors (rings, announcements, diploma frames, etc.).
If you are unable to go to the bookstore, please send an email at [email protected] with your name, UNI email, height, degree (LW) and the circumference of your head.

March 23, 2020

(CANCELLED) Class Gift Kick-Off 
Amity Hall from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.‚Äč

March 27, 2020

Deadline: Last day to place orders of cap, gown, and hood without late fee until 7 p.m.

Students who do not meet the deadline are responsible for the full cost of renting Graduation Regalia. The total cost is $185 plus $20 late fee. (This is not negotiable, please do not ask for an exception). If you can NOT go to the bookstore, please send an email at [email protected] of your name, UNI email, height, degree (LW) and the circumference of your head.

March 31, 2020

Deadline: Submit names of guests in wheelchairs and guests who require ASL interpretation, closed captioning, or similar assistance to SurveyMonkey SIGN UP HERE.

March 31, 2020

Deadline: Submit names and ages of children (yours!) whom you’d like to have joined you as you walk across the stage SIGN UP HERE.




April 1, 2020

Deadline: submission of the final draft of the J.D. Major Writing Credit paper and for all Fall 2019 outstanding written work for J.D. and LL.M. degree candidates (unless the instructor specifies an earlier due date).

April 3, 2020

(CANCELLED) Graduation Cruise organized by the Graduation Committee Chairs.

April 1-30, 2020

The application period for the July administration of the NY State Bar Examination.  Make sure to submit your application during this period.

April 6, 9, 14,22, 2020

Registration Services Office Handwriting Samples for the NY Bar Exam. These sessions will take place from 12-2 pm outside of WJWH L107.

April 15, 2020

Deadline: Bar Housing Decision Date.

April 20 - 22, 2020

Law School Graduation Tickets distribution at Big Warren 5th floor from 12 - 2 p.m. Each graduate will get (6) six tickets.  If you are unable to pick up the tickets email [email protected] and copy the name of the person you are giving permission to pick up the tickets.

April 24-27, 2020

Ticket Lottery for Law School graduation for any request more than the six allocated. Results by May 1st. An email will be sent on the morning of April 24th with the lottery link. 

April 29, 2020

Last day of Spring 2020 classes, is the deadline for all May 2020 degree candidates to submit written work in Spring 2020 non-exam offerings (unless the instructor specifies an earlier due date).

April 30, 2020

Deadline: filing applications to take the July bar exam in New York State.




May 1, 2020

LLMs taking the July 2020 bar examination must submit the Law School Certificate of Attendance form to Registration Services. JDs taking the exam do not need to do this because NYS BOLE will communicate directly with Registration Services.

May 1, 2020

Law School Graduation Ticket Lottery Results.

May 2, 2020

Graduation Ball at Capitale organized by the Graduation Committee Chairs.

May 8 - 15, 2020

Rental gown distribution to students begins and continues through May 15th at 4 p.m. Gowns are to be picked up at the Columbia Bookstore.

May 15, 2020

Date by which all grades for May 2020 degree candidates must be recorded in Lawnet to allow graduation clearance by the close of business on Monday, May 18.  Grades for courses without final exams are requested by Monday, May 11.

May 18, 2020

Law School Graduation on campus. Line up for graduating students in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall, 4:00 p.m.

May 20, 2020

University Commencement, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meet in Jerome Greene Lobby, Line up at JG Lobby, 8:30 a.m.

May 22, 2020

Deadline: Your locker will be reclaimed and secured by Building Services. If you would like to continue using your locker through August 4th, please email [email protected] or visit the Info Center on or before May 22nd.






June 5, 2020

Last day to return rental gown and hood to the Columbia Bookstore. The cap is yours to keep.