2023 Commencement

Graduation 2024

SIPA Graduation will be on Monday, May 13

SIPA Graduation (Class Day)

SIPA Graduation (also known as Class Day), will be on May 13 when we will recognize SIPA’s graduating master’s and PhD candidates. SIPA will honor degree recipients from May 2024, February 2024, and October 2023.

Monday, May 13, 2024
7:30 p.m. (ET)
Baker Athletics Complex
Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium
505 West 218th Street (map) (directions

Graduates Assemble: 5:45pm (Inner Concourse

Guest Seating Begins: 6:30pm (Gate B)


SIPA Class Day Graduation Ceremony Information


Know Before You Go:


Parking is not available on-site and is extremely limited around the complex. We encourage students and guests to plan accordingly and use public transportation or car drop-off service. 
Directions to Baker Complex»


Previously issued tickets will be accepted at Baker Athletics Complex. 
All guests must have tickets for entry. Guests will need to show a government-issued ID. Students must bring their Columbia ID and wear official Columbia University academic regalia (cap and gown) for entry. 

Graduation season is a time to celebrate and enjoy the accomplishments of our graduates. To honor the spirit and significance of this occasion, we do not permit the interruption of speakers or audience disruptions. All participants and guests attending graduation events understand and agree to follow the responsibilities set forth in University policies, including the Rules of University Conduct and Standards and Discipline. Those found in violation will be asked to discontinue and may be asked to leave the venue. 

Prohibited Items

Please review the full list of prohibited items at the bottom of this webpage.


2024 Graduation Speaker: Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer, renowned political scientist, will be the featured speaker at SIPA’s graduation ceremony, taking place on May 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., as announced by Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo.

Ian Bremmer, official portrait April 2024

Road To Graduation: Ultimate Checklist

Information about ticketing, academic attire, and other matters including event protocols

Learn more about the Diplomas

Documentation for Travel Visas
If your family members need a formal invitation to graduation in order to obtain travel visas, SIPA’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) can provide one.

Request a Letter


Please contact SIPA’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) by email at [email protected] or telephone at 212-854-8590.