Barnard’s 126th Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall.
Columbia University Commencement will take place earlier on the same day at 10:30 a.m. on the Morningside campus, and department receptions will take place on the Barnard campus between the two ceremonies. It will be a day of celebration!
Information regarding tickets, caps & gowns, photography, accessibility, directions, parking, and accommodations will be provided in the as the date approaches. We look forward to celebrating the spectacular achievements of the Class of 2018!
Schedule of Commencement Activities
Sunday, May 13
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Tickets are not required for admission.
Baccalaureate Service is a nondenominational service in St. Paul's Chapel on the Columbia University campus. Candidates from the undergraduate divisions of the University and their guests may attend. Barnard students who plan to attend should assemble in front of Barnard Hall at 8:45 a.m. and will march in procession to St. Paul's Chapel at 9:45 a.m. Caps and gowns are worn.
Wednesday, May 16
Candidate procession begins at 9:00 a.m. on the Morningside campus.
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Preceding the Barnard ceremony, departmental receptions will take place at various locations on the Barnard campus, which will give parents and guests an opportunity to meet members of the faculty and administration.
STUDENTS AND FACULTY BOARD BUSES FOR RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
At approximately 2:15 p.m., students and faculty will board buses which will take them to the ceremony at Radio City. Caps and gowns are to be worn. Buses will depart at 2:30 p.m.
BARNARD COMMENCEMENT (PRESENTATION OF DEGREE CANDIDATES)
4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
At this ceremony, Barnard degree candidates are individually recognized. The Presentation of Degree Candidates is the more intimate of the two commencement ceremonies and culminates with each Barnard degree candidate crossing the stage to receive congratulations from President Sian Leah Beilock. (Degrees are officially conferred at the University Commencement.)
Please visit the Accommodations page for a list of area hotels. You many also wish to review Columbia's Where to Stay page for additional listings. Some offer discounted rates to Barnard and Columbia University guests.
Barnard's "Graduation Housing for Parents" offers a limited number of dormitory rooms ($150 per room, per night, with a two-night minimum requirement) for Tuesday, May 15th and Wednesday, May 16th (checkout on Thursday, May 17th at 12:30 pm), on a first-come, first-served basis.
Baccalaureate Service: Tickets are not required, but indoor seating is limited. Graduates are asked to register for the service.
Barnard Commencement: Participating seniors will receive information about ticket number and pick up later this spring.
University Commencement: Candidates will receive information for how to register after Spring Break.