9 Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Commencement 2022 Setup at Columbia

On April 18, construction began on the Morningside campus for Commencement 2022. Take a look at how it is shaping up.

Kelly Moffitt and Jennifer Pellerito
April 22, 2022

Columbia Commencement (May 18) is the largest single event put on by the university in a year. An event that requires 450 volunteers through the week and 260 volunteers on the day alone is bound to be an undertaking. And this year, we have a special ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 too!

Construction started this week on the infrastructure that helps make Commencement and Class Day ceremonies happen, and the videos that will accompany the ceremony have had shoots underway the whole month of April.

We've gathered some of our favorite behind-the-scenes shots from the setup below. Thanks to the workers and Columbia Facilities who make sure we're prepared for one of our favorite weeks of the year to run smoothly. 

Get excited! And don't forget to share your photos of graduation preparation through this form and on social media with the hashtag #RoarLions2022. 


A truck with commencement materials is in front of the Columbia campus.

The Materials

The materials for commencement are set up on Low Plaza

Buzz of Activity

Workers and materials are on Low Plaza with a view of Butler Library behind

Bleacher Construction

Two workers load up the bleachers on Low Plaza.

Up-Close and Personal

A close up of the bleacher base in front of Kent Hall.

Installation with a View

A worker installs bleachers.

On Location

A videographer captures a Columbia fencer in front of the Columbia C.

What Is to Come

A student sits in front of constructed bleachers on Low Plaza.