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Most students will have already left campus and housing, thus adding to the financial and logistical considerations of returning to Chicago at a later date. This would also disrupt summer employment and internships for many students. Also, many faculty use the summer to pursue professional and scholarly projects, making them unavailable to participate.
While we want to celebrate the graduates and their past accomplishments, we must adhere to safety and gathering guidelines, set forth by the city. If you would like to learn more about the city’s guidelines, please click here.
Yes, there is a non-refundable graduation fee. The fee does not fully cover but defrays the cost of your diploma, diploma cover, and shipping; commencement regalia; graduation application and degree audit processing; and commencement ceremony production expenses.
Update your graduation application on the MyAcademics tab of your MyColumbia portal.
For more information on Graduate Commencement please visit Graduate Student Support at students.colum.edu/graduate.
Columbia College Chicago undergraduates who graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 are recognized as having graduated with academic honors. Graduates with a 3.75 – 3.79 GPA graduate cum laude (“with honors”); students with a 3.80 – 3.89 GPA graduate magna cum laude (“with high honors”); and students with a 3.90 – 4.00 GPA graduate summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). These students wear a gold tassel on their mortarboards at Commencement, and their names are listed with an asterisk in the program. If you are graduating with honors, you will receive a gold tassel at the Cap and Gown Gown Distribution event on May 12th & 13th at The Student Center - 754 S. Wabash - 5th floor.
Columbia College Chicago’s Honor’s Program offers an enhanced core curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In order to graduate from the Honors Program, you must complete 15 credit hours of Honors courses, which are designated with an “H” in the course catalog. You must also maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Honors Program graduates wear a gold stole with the Columbia Honors Program seal at Commencement.
No, you will receive your diploma cover when you cross the stage at Commencement. Your diploma will be mailed separately once all degree requirements are met. Only students who attend Commencement will receive a diploma cover. A limited supply of diploma covers will be available at Columbia Central one week before and after Commencement on a first come, first served basis. If you did not attend the ceremony, and you would like to pick up a cover, please visit Columbia Central at 600 S. Michigan, third floor during regular business hours.
Diplomas for undergraduates will be mailed to the address you provided approximately 2 weeks after the posting of your degree. If you did not provide a specific mailing address, your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on file. You will receive an email to your official colum.edu account when your diploma has been shipped. Feel free to call us at (312) 369-7140 with any questions. All outstanding charges must be paid and you must complete your exit counseling before your diploma will be mailed. Please check your MyColumbia account to see if you have any financial restrictions. If so, please call (312) 369-7140 to settle your account.
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