2023 Commencement

SIPA Graduation & University Commencement 2024

SIPA Graduation (Class Day)

SIPA Graduation will be on May 13 (also known as Class Day), we will recognize all SIPA’s own master’s and PhD candidates. At the University Commencement on May 15, Columbia will officially confer academic degrees on graduates from every school.

Date: Monday, May 13, 2024
Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Location: South Lawn, Columbia University’s Morningside Campus
Livestream: TBD

SIPA will honor degree recipients from May 2024, February 2024, and October 2023 in a School-wide ceremony on the south lawn of Columbia’s Morningside Campus.

The ceremony will be broadcast via livestream for those unable to attend in person.

You will receive additional details about ticketing, academic attire, and other matters including event protocols later in the Spring. We look forward to sharing this information as soon as we know more.

Graduation Info

  • A reception for SIPA graduates and their guests will be held on Ancell Plaza immediately following the SIPA Graduation. Guests will not be permitted into the reception area until after the ceremony has concluded and all students have left the South Lawn.

  • You will not receive your diploma at the SIPA Graduation Ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates to the "Diploma (DP) Address", which you should verify/update on Student Services Online (SSOL) under "Degree Application Status". It is best to use an address that is valid for more than eight weeks after graduation.

    Please note that diplomas can take up to 2 months to be mailed following graduation. You can check on the status of your diploma mailing with the Office of the Registrar Diploma Desk via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 212-854-8319.

    Diplomas will not be released if a student has not fulfilled all degree requirements or has an outstanding balance or hold on his or her student account.  Please check Student Services Online (SSOL) for any holds, missing grades, or outstanding account balances prior to graduation.

  • Public transportation or taxi service is highly recommended. There is no on-campus parking available during Commencement Week. There are only a few parking garages near campus, which fill up early and cannot be relied upon for convenient parking.

    A wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus will circle the perimeter of campus to pick up guests with disabilities needing assistance and their families. The shuttle bus will transport guests to the designated disability access gates. Event staff will be available at the gates to assist guests to their seats.

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

Columbia University Commencement

2023 Commencement

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: College Walk, Columbia University Morningside Campus

The University has not yet announced ticketing instructions for University Commencement.

Visit Columbia’s Commencement 2024 website for the latest information about registration and tickets.


Please contact SIPA’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) by email at [email protected] or telephone at 212-854-8590. You can also visit OSA on the 6th Floor of the International Affairs Building.