Dear December Graduates, 

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 Arie Crown Theater, located at 2301 S. Jean Baptiste DuSable Lake Shore Drive. All graduates will be given six tickets. Specific times for each ceremony will be announced soon and all graduates will be given six tickets. 

It will be important for you to stay informed about Commencement planning if you intend to participate in the ceremony. Please continue to monitor your Columbia email, the Commencement Website or the All Things Commencement group in the Engage Portal. All graduates should refer to the Graduation Checklist below to make sure you have completed all necessary steps prior to graduation.  

There are several Commencement competitions that you are eligible to participate in which will open during the spring semester. The Student Speaker Selection, the Commencement Photography and Poetry competitions will each feature a graduate from your class. As you continue to monitor Commencement communications, look out for these competitions, and consider entering your work.  

Once again, congratulations and I look forward to seeing you at Manifest and Commencement! 


Dr. Sharon Wilson-Taylor 



1.) 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. For updates, event announcements, career advice, student highlights, and more, follow the Career Center on Instagram @columcareer. Use #columhired to share your successes! 

2.) 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! 

3.) Participate in Your Ceremony 

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. Ceremony times will be announced soon: 

Saturday, May 13 

Sunday, May 14 


Ceremony 1  
American Sign Language (U) 
English and Creative Writing (U/G) 
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences –  
includes Cultural Studies (U) 
Dance – includes Creative Arts Therapies (U/G) 
Theatre (U/G) 
Fashion Studies (U) 

Ceremony 3 
Cinema and Television Arts (U/G) 

Ceremony 2  

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


Ceremony 4 

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

U – Undergraduate 
G – Graduate  

We will follow all security and Covid-19 protocols as set forth by the Arie Crown at the time of this event.  

4.) 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! 

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