Graduation | Columbia Journalism School


Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To attend any Commencement activity or event on Morningside campus, all graduates, visiting alumni and guests over the age of five must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status and provide full proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated for medical, religious, or other reasons will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (an at-home antigen test on the day of each event or PCR test within 48 hours of the first attended event). Additionally, unvaccinated guests over the age of two must wear a face mask during all events.

Note that this event is dependent on the status of the University's COVID-19 Monitoring Plan. 

Graduation Information Sessions

Student Life will hold two sessions where students can learn about the various graduation events, grading and honors, awards and more.


Tuesday, April 12, 7-8 p.m. (Virtual)

Wednesday, April 13, 1-2 p.m. (In-person) - Stabile Student Center

Diploma Application Verification

To check that your diploma application has been received, please log in to SSOL. Once logged in, please refer to the "Your Data" section on the right. Under "Academic Records" you will find "Degree Application Status." If your status has not been updated to reflect the submission by the end of April, please let us know.

If you do not have an application listed there, you MUST complete an Application for Degree or Certificate (form download at bottom of page), print, sign and return it to the Diploma Division in 210 Kent Hall. You can also save the form and submit it electronically to [email protected]


2022 University Commencement

2022 University Commencement


The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 268th academic year, will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). 

All eligible May and August 2022 degree candidates are encouraged to join in on the celebration. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (seating begins for guests at 8:30 a.m.) 

Location: Morningside Campus

  • Registration required
  • Each graduating student receives up to two (2) tickets for fully-vaccinated guests
  • Caps and gowns are mandatory


Register: Via Link TBA on April 13


Columbia University Commencement website


Journalism School Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Ancell Plaza - Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Guests: Each May 2022 graduating student receives up to two (2) tickets for fully-vaccinated guests

Attire: Business; no caps and gowns

Register: Eventbrite email - Deadline April 15, 11:00 p.m 


    Journalism School graduates will hear from the recipient of the Columbia Journalism Award, the school's highest honor, presented annually to a journalist for distinguished service to a profession. SPJ Columbia chapter president Tanika D'Souza will also speak at the Journalism School Graduation Ceremony. Guests with disabilities, limited mobility, the elderly requiring assistance, or those needing sign language interpretation should e-mail Julie Pozo-Cepeda.

    Journalism Day

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

    Miller Theatre 

    Guests: No guest allowed (open to students and faculty only)

    Attire: Business; no caps and gowns



      The annual Pringle Lecture is delivered and student prizes are awarded. Prize winners will be recognized again in front of their families and guests during the Journalism School Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday. 

      The general program is: 

      • Introduction by Dean Steve Coll
      • 2022 Henry Pringle Lecture by Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones
      • Awarding of student prizes
      • Class photo shoot 

      Caps & Gowns

      Regalia is mandatory for the 2022 University Commencement Ceremony. Order your cap, gown and everything you need to celebrate your achievement.

      Master’s Degree regalia orders can be placed in-store starting March 8. Online orders may be placed beginning March 14 and ending April 27 to be directly shipped to the student by visiting

      Doctoral Degrees regalia may be reserved in stores from March 8 through April 11th without incurring a late fee. In-store pickup and ship-to-home options are available. Online orders may be placed beginning March 14 and ending April 11 by visiting Doctoral rental regalia will be available for pickup in-store beginning May 5.  A ship-to-home option is not available online.

      Class Ring and Announcements

      Class rings and personalized graduation announcements may be ordered through our graduation partner Balfour. Traditional announcements may be purchased at the bookstore




      International Students - Guest Invitations

      The Journalism School does not issue invitation letters for students' family members or friends. If you need an invitation letter to invite your friends and family to the ceremonies, you can request one by contacting the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) via this link.