Commencement Day Campus Access, May 16

May 14, 2018
Columbia Commencement in Morningside Heights

The Columbia University Commencement Ceremony of the 264th Academic Year is this Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. Morningside Campus will be extremely busy leading up to and during the Ceremony. To help us guarantee a safe and comfortable experience for all, the following adjustments to normal campus access will be in effect. Please familiarize yourself with this critical information.

Entry Procedures

Faculty and staff, including participants in the Academic Procession, must present their University ID to enter campus.

  • Temporary staff members must have a photo ID and a printed letter on University stationery authorizing campus access
  • Anyone not participating in the event is encouraged to enjoy the proceedings via our live webcast: commencement.columbia.edu/live-webcast

Graduating students who wish to participate in the Ceremony must wear their caps and gowns and carry their University ID to gain entry through one of the designated upper campus entrances. Please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Graduating students must line up for the procession by 9:00 a.m. See the Candidate Procession line-up map for Commencement Day
  • Those who graduated before May 2018 and no longer hold University IDs should bring a photo ID and their Commencement registration confirmation email or a letter from their school on University stationery indicating their participation in the Ceremony

Guests with General Admission tickets may enter campus starting at 8:30 a.m., and must present their tickets for scanning or collection. Please remind guests to bring water and dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Tickets are required for entry and can only be scanned once. Guests will not be permitted to reenter campus after exiting
  • Seating is first-come, first-served. Encourage guests to arrive early to find seats. Seats cannot be saved
  • For outdoor seating, the line forms on 115th Street and Broadway to access General Admission gates
  • For indoor seating in Levien Gymnasium, line forms at 120th Street east of Broadway
  • For guests with disabilities or limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance or those needing sign language interpretation, line forms on 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

Campus Entry Points

After 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, campus access is limited to the following entrances:

For access to Upper Campus:

  • Earl Hall Gate at 117th and Broadway (Please note that between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. this gate may be congested while the Barnard degree candidates process to campus)
  • The Grove entrance at 119th and Amsterdam
  • 120th Street Gates (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
  • Northwest Corner Building entrance and staircase (120th Street east of Broadway)

For access to College Walk:

  • South Pedestrian Gate at 116th and Amsterdam

For access to Lower Campus:

  • Hartley/Wallach Gate (Amsterdam at 115th Street between Hartley and Wallach Halls)

All other campus gates will be closed at 6:00 a.m. on May 16. Movement from Upper to Lower Campus within campus gates is restricted until the Ceremony concludes. The entire campus will reopen at approximately 12:30 p.m. See a map of campus entrances for Commencement Day.

Building Access

  • Butler Library will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • Low Library may be accessed through the northeast or southeast entrances only. The area from the main entrance down to Low Plaza will be secured with authorized access only from 6:00 a.m. until after the Ceremony has concluded

Delivery Access
If you are coordinating ceremonies or events taking place on May 16 following University Commencement, please arrange for deliveries to arrive before 6:00 a.m. or after 12:30 p.m. No deliveries to Low Library will be accepted until after the Ceremony concludes.

Bags
For security reasons, we ask that everyone refrain from bringing bags to campus on Commencement Day. Any bags or packages brought to the Commencement Ceremony will be subject to search and must be kept in the owner’s possession at all times.

Street Closures
For those planning to drive and park near campus on Commencement Day, please note that the New York City Police Department will close certain streets to both parking and traffic. These street closures will begin late on Tuesday and continue through Wednesday and are detailed on the Commencement website. Please do not park your vehicle near campus overnight on Tuesday.