The Graduation Checklist

1) Prepare to Graduate - Apply for graduation in MyColumbia

Once the application is completed, you will receive in your student email a receipt from the Office of the Registrar and an initial audit of important information about your requirements. Please review your Advising Guide or UAchieve degree audit to verify that you are on track to graduate as planned.

2) 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 resume, cover letter, and portfolio in one-on-one appointments or career-related 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. For updates, event announcements, career advice, student highlights, and more, follow the Career Center on Instagram @columcareer. Use #columhired to share your successes!

3) 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 website and follow @cccmanifest on social media for the latest festival updates!

4) Participate in Your Ceremony – May 13th or 14th
Commencement will be held at the Arie Crown Theatre in May, 2023. There will be 2 ceremonies each day with majors divided in the following manner:

Saturday, May 13

Ceremony 1

American Sign Language (U)
English and Creative Writing (U/G)
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences - includes Cultural Studies (U)
Dance (U/G) – includes Creative Arts Therapies
Theatre (U/G)
Fashion Studies (U)

Ceremony 2

Business and Entrepreneurship (U/G)
Communication (U/G)
Audio Arts and Acoustics (U)
Photography (U/G)

Sunday, May 14

Ceremony 3

Cinema and Television Arts (U/G)

Ceremony 4 (total 338)

Art and Art History (U/G)
Design (U)
Music (U/G)
Interactive Arts and Media (includes Animation) (U)

U - Undergraduate
G - Graduate


Exact times will be announced at a later date. We will follow all security and Covid-19 protocols as set forth by the Arie Crown at the time of this event. As conditions and information my change, it is important that you continue to monitor your Columbia email account and the “All Things Commencement” group in the Engage Portal to stay informed.

5) 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!

  1. Visit and click on the “Alumni Login” tab to add your current and post-graduation contact info.
  2. Check out our events at
  3. Join/follow our social media accounts and find new ways to network
  4. Use #ColumAlum after graduation for all of your social media posts