We are proud that you have reached this milestone, and we wish you the best as you embark on your professional journey.
We are looking forward to seeing you at your Commencement ceremony in May at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells (formerly Congress Parkway). IMPORTANT: As of January 3, 2022, per the Auditorium Theatre’s COVID-19 protocol, everyone (guests, graduates, and other participants) will be required to show proof of vaccination. Negative test results will NOT be accepted for entry into the Theatre. If you intend to participate, please monitor your Columbia email or the All Things Commencement group in the Engage Portal. It will be important for you to stay informed about Commencement planning. Graduates, you may now order your cap and gown from Herff Jones.
In-Person Commencement ceremonies at the Auditorium Theatre, May 14 and May 15, 2022, are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, May 14
Sunday, May 15
Ceremony 1 – 10 a.m.
Ceremony 3 – 10 a.m.
Ceremony 2 – 2 p.m.
Ceremony 4 – 2 p.m.
U – Undergraduate
G – Graduate
- Prepare to Graduate
- Apply for graduation in MyColumbia
- Review your advising guide or uAchieve degree audit in MyColumbia
- Conduct Exit Counseling with Columbia Central (required for students with loans)
- Complete the Graduating Student Survey (Check your email for the survey from Institutional Effectiveness)
- Order your cap and gown from Herff Jones
- Prepare for Your Career
With graduation approaching, get the support you need to start your career after Columbia. Work with the team at the Career Center to help enhance your résumé, cover letter, and portfolio in one-on-one appointments or at a workshop. Connect with professionals at industry-related events. Utilize Handshake to search for jobs, register for workshops/events, and request appointments with Career Center staff. Showcase your skills on Columbia’s free creative network, Portfolium. It’s your personal website that allows you to connect with peers and document your work and experience. For updates, event announcements, career advice, student highlights, and more, follow the Career Center on Instagram @columcareer. Use #columhired to share your successes!
- Participate in Manifest
Showcasing your body of work for family and friends at Manifest will be a highlight of your academic career. Your department will connect with you on how to participate within your academic showcase. Also, be sure to check the manifest.colum.edu website and follow @cccmanifest on social media for the latest festival updates!
- Participate in Your Ceremony
We are planning an in-person ceremony at the Auditorium Theatre this year, as pandemic conditions permit. We must follow the required protocols set forth by the city of Chicago and the Auditorium Theatre. Currently, the Auditorium Theatre requires everyone to wear a mask and to provide proof of vaccination status. More information will be available soon, as these requirements may change by May. It is important that you continue to monitor your Columbia email, this website or the Engage Portal for the most current information about Commencement. You may contact email@example.com with questions or visit https://students.colum.edu/commencement/.
- Plan to Stay Connected
You’re almost a Colum alum! What’s next? There are tens of thousands of successful #ColumAlums waiting for you to join them. Here are some steps you can take today!
- Click here to update Alumni Relations on your current and post-graduation contact info
- Check out our Events and Career Resources
- Join/follow our social media accounts and find new ways to network
- Use #ColumAlum after graduation for all of your social media posts
I look forward to seeing you at Manifest and Commencement!
Dr. Sharon Wilson-Taylor