Below you will find information regarding student requirements to graduate and important deadlines for the road leading to graduation. Please make sure to read through all sections below and fill out any relevant forms as soon as possible.
Law School Ticket Information
From April 20th to April 22nd, tickets for the Law School Graduation will be distributed at Big Warren, 5th Floor from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets for the Law School graduation.
If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email [email protected] and copy the name of the person you are giving permission to pick up your tickets.
There will be an opportunity to request additional tickets to the Law School Graduation, and requests will be filled by a lottery from April 24th to April 27th. The lottery results will be announced on May 1st at which point assigned tickets will be available for pick up at the Student Services Office from 12 to 2 p.m. until May 15th. An email will be sent on the morning of April 24th with the lottery link.
Please arrive early to locate parking and be seated prior to the start of the ceremony.
Guest should enter campus on 114th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, and proceed through the Carman and John Jay Gates. Please note that the entrances require climbing a flight of stairs. A wheelchair-accessible entrance is located at 116th street and Amsterdam Avenue, via the College Walk center gate.
Entry to ceremony guest seating on the South Lawn will only be permitted after 4:00 p.m. All guests must have a valid ticket to gain entry.
Tickets are not required for children five (5) years of age and younger who will not require a seat.
All guests must be seated by 4:45 p.m. The graduation ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. Guests will not be permitted entry once the formal procession of faculty and students has begun.
Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto campus before or during the ceremony.
Commencement Ticket Information
Registration will be required for University Commencement, to which graduates may request up to two (2) tickets. University Commencement registration will open after Spring Break. All General Admission tickets for guests of graduates will be electronic (tickets that can be printed at home or downloaded on a web-enabled mobile device). Each ticket will have a unique barcode that will be scanned on Commencement Day.
It is strictly forbidden to sell or buy tickets. Graduation tickets are not your personal property to dispose of as you wish. They are given to you solely for the purpose of allowing your friends and relatives to attend. The Law School will consider any solicitation or sales of graduation tickets a violation of school policy and will take appropriate action if any such transactions come to its attention. All unclaimed tickets will be allocated to the lottery.
Congratulations! As you begin to prepare for graduation, please see below the housing guidelines for all Columbia Residential and Law School Housing.
Bar Housing Extensions
Graduating students who are in good standing with the university may apply now for an extension to their existing housing contract agreement to study for the Bar Exam (Bar Housing).
Important dates to keep in mind:
- Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2020
- 2020 NY Bar Exam Dates: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
- Bar Housing Extension Period: June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
- Bar Housing Move out Date: July 31, 2020 - No exceptions
- Decision Date: April 15, 2020
Additionally, only students intending to remain in housing for the full Bar Housing period should apply. Graduating students only interested in a short-term stay (fewer than 30 days) beyond the end of their housing agreement may instead submit a Short-Term Housing Request.
Approved students will receive an extension for the period listed above and will be expected to vacate on Friday, July 31st, 2020. No further extensions can be accommodated.
Applying for a Bar Housing Extension
- Log in to the Housing Portal account [https://uah.facilities.columbia.edu/]
- Select the “Request an extension within your current degree program” option or click directly on the TENANT PROFILE tab and choose “Bar Housing Extension” from the drop-down menu
- Update (save) affiliation
Vacating University Housing
All Columbia Residential housing agreements end on May 31. Graduating students not pursuing a bar housing extension may vacate any time in the month of May without a cancellation fee; however, your rent will be billed through May 31. Keep in mind all students planning to vacate are required to provide a 30-day notice. Please remember regardless of your final vacancy date, it is your responsibility to follow all Columbia Residential vacancy procedures. Failure to vacate properly may result in delays or additional fees.
For additional information regarding the program’s eligibility requirements, timeline, terms and conditions and cancellation rules you may review Columbia Residential’s Bar Housing Policy.
Questions? Please feel free to contact:
Venue and Program Accessibility
Students expecting guests with venue and program accessibility needs, including wheelchair accessible seating, closed captioning or any other disability-related accommodation, should fill out the Graduation 2020 Accommodations Form before March 31st. You must include the number of guests with special needs as well as the number of guests who will sit with them as this space is limited.
Children Participating at Graduation
We would like to invite those of you with children to have them participate in the Law School Graduation ceremony, to be held on Monday, May 18th. As in previous years, students with children will have the option of registering with us so that their children can be included in the ceremony. Family participation will be limited to those students who sign up via the Children Participating in 2020 Graduation form before March 31st; further details will be sent to those students who signed up.
Caps and Gowns
Academic regalia (gown, hood, and cap) is required to participate in the law school graduation. The gown and hood rental costs are $112. Student Services and your Student Senate Activities Fee will cover the $112 rental cost ONLY IF you meet the requirements outlined below. Graduating students are responsible for covering the cost of the cap, which is $73. THE CAP IS YOURS TO KEEP!
To place your order at the bookstore and take advantage of the free gown and hood rental, you must complete the following: (1) audio pronunciation, (2) phonetic pronunciation, (3) name on the program and, (4) the Graduation Employment Survey (JDs Only) on or before March 4th at 12 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please also make sure to complete your Pro Bono requirement. Student Services will send out the names of students who have completed the 4 steps to the bookstore. Those students can start ordering their gown, hood, and cap starting March 10th at 11 a.m. The deadline to place your gown, hood and cap orders is March 27th at 7 p.m.
Again, the window to order gown, hood, and cap is from March 10th at 11 a.m. to March 27th at 7 p.m. (This is not negotiable; please do not ask for an extension).
If you miss the deadline to complete your audio, phonetic, name on program and employment survey (JDs only), you will have to pay the full $185 plus a late fee assessed by the bookstore and Oak Hall, the cap and gown distributors. If you are unable to go to the bookstore within the order window (March 10th-March 27th), please send an email to [email protected] of your name, uni, degree (LW), height, and, the circumference of your head. Please note that if you miss the deadline, there is no guarantee that the robes will be available at all.
Cap and Gown distribution for those who order by March 27th will begin at the Columbia University Bookstore in Lerner Hall on Friday, May 8th at 11 a.m. and will continue until Friday, May 15th at 7 p.m.
Gowns and hoods must be returned directly to the Columbia University Bookstore in Lerner Hall by Friday, June 5th during the bookstore’s normal business hours (10 am - 7 pm). The cap is yours to keep. Any regalia not returned on time will be considered purchased, and you will be billed $704.00 + tax, the difference in price between the rental fee and the purchase price.
Student Services along with Student Senate's Graduation Committee will be sending out several reminders about these deadlines. Please take note that these deadlines are set by the bookstore and the cap and gown distributors (Oak Hall) and are not subject to this office's discretion. We rely on your full and timely cooperation to help graduation go smoothly.
The Law School has arranged for GradImages to photograph each graduate as they walk across the stage. Students will be asked to fill out a contact card during law school ticket distribution from April 20th to 22nd or during the law school graduation lineup in Lerner Hall. Students who do not fill out contact cards will not receive instructions for purchasing photos taken at the Law School Graduation. You are under no obligation to purchase photographs. After graduation, a set of sample photographs will be sent to the email address given on the card. At that time, you will have the option of buying photographs directly from the studio.
Guests may take videos or photographs from their seats at graduation. They will not, however, be allowed to move into the aisles. If guests do not comply with this restriction, security will ask them to leave.
GradImages will be in Drapkin Lounge in Jerome Greene Hall on February 18th to 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those students who wish to take a professional graduation portrait photographs.
No appointment needed.
A Columbia Law School graduation cap, hood, and gown will be provided by The Office of Student Services. Your neck and collar will be exposed so please dress accordingly.
A class photograph will be taken of the entire graduating class immediately following the Law School Ceremony. The photograph will be taken on the bleachers, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, The class photograph will otherwise be taken under the tent while the graduates are seated.
Requesting Visa Letters for Guests
Students can request letters from the Dean of Students for their international guests for visa purposes. Please use the Graduation 2020 Visa Letters Request Form. We will email you when your visa letters are ready for pick up.
Two-part Name Pronunciation on Lawnet
Please update your Lawnet profile to include your phonetic and audio name pronunciation (instructions here) by March 4th at 12 p.m. Even if you think that your name is a simple one, it is extremely important to us that your name is pronounced correctly at graduation. If you think that your name is particularly difficult to pronounce, please see Dean Ramos-Herbert if you are a J.D. graduate or Dean Polo if you are an LL.M. or J.S.D. graduate.
Name on Graduation Programs
As we prepare to print graduation programs, we want to make sure that we have your preferred names listed as you would like them published and read as you march across the stage. Please complete this form by March 4th at 12 p.m.
If you wish to omit your middle name or include a second last name, please list your name as such on this form. We will use the information on THIS form and NOT the information we have on SSOL to print your name on the graduation program.
See below for examples:
Jeffrey Renier Advincula Bagares (This is the default we have on the University Database)
Jeff R. Bagares (preferred name on the program)
Jill Rebecca Marden Casal (This is the default we have on the University Database)
Jill Casal (Preferred name on the program)