GS Class Day

Class Day is a special event that celebrates Columbia GS graduates. Each degree candidate ascends the stage, is presented by the GS Dean of Students, and shakes hands with the Dean of the School of General Studies.

Monday, May 13, 2024, 8 a.m.

Baker Athletics Complex, 533 W 218th St 

Gates Open: 7 a.m.
Ceremony: 8 a.m.
Reception: To immediately follow the ceremony, rain or shine

Class Day is the Columbia GS-specific graduation celebration. Each degree candidate ascends the stage, is presented by the GS Dean of Students, and shakes hands with the Dean of the School of General Studies.

The ceremony also includes speeches by a keynote speaker—typically a GS alumna or alumnus—and graduate speakers, as well as the presentation of the GS Alumni Key Award and the CAA Campbell Award. Following the ceremony, a celebratory reception will be held.

Online registration is required for graduating students and tickets are required for guests. There is no limit on guest tickets for GS Class Day. The ticketing system for GS Class Day will open in early April.

Email [email protected] with any questions. 

Note: Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community.

Guests are encouraged to utilize public transit to travel to Baker Athletics Complex; Please note that parking is extremely limited near the venue. 

The MTA provides service to Baker Athletics Complex via the northbound 1 train (take the train to the 215 St station, followed by a seven minute walk) and the northbound A train (take the train to the Inwood-207 St station, followed by an eleven minute walk). Please see the Baker Athletics Complex website and the Commencement website for additional transit options and details. 

Graduates must arrive at 6:30 a.m. through the Class of 1905 Gate at 218th St and Park Terrace West. Graduates will check in at the Inner Concourse. You must have your Columbia ID and your graduate ticket in order to check in.

Guests can begin arriving at the GS Class Day ceremony at 7 a.m. Guests will enter through Gate B at 218th St and Park Terrace East. Guests will check in at the gate and must have their guest ticket and a valid form of photo identification.

Guests will be provided wristbands required to access the GS Class Day ceremony venue, as well as required to access the Reception on campus. There will be GS and University staff and student volunteers to assist guests and guide them to the ceremony venue. Stroller parking will be available.

Guests with mobility concerns can enter through the ADA Gate at 218th St and Park Terrace East where staff members from the Columbia Office of Disability Services will escort guests to their seats in the accessible seating section. Parties will not be split up, all of your guests will be seated in this section together.

Following the GS Class Day ceremony, graduates, families, and guests are invited to a reception, from 10:30 a.m - 12 p.m., at Ancell Plaza, in front of the International Affairs Building on the main Morningside campus. Champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The Reception has been extended this year to allow for additional time with transportation from Baker to campus. Guests will be issued wristbands at the Class Day ceremony and must keep these on to gain access to the reception.