2016 05-18 MA Graduation Reception (1)University Commencement Ceremony and

M.A. Global Thought Graduation Reception

May 18, 2016

Ceremony from 10:30AM-12PM, Columbia University, Morningside Campus

Reception from 12-1:30PM, Columbia University, Buell Hall (Maison Française), East Gallery

Congratulations to the Global Thought M.A. graduates for the Class of 2016! The graduates participated in the University Commencement ceremony for the 262nd Academic Year on Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30AM on the Morningside campus. After the ceremony, the Committee on Global Thought held a reception to celebrate the Master of Arts in Global Thought graduating Class of 2016. The reception took place in the East Gallery of Buell Hall (Maison Française) from 12:00PM-1:30PM. The reception was attended by CGT faculty members, graduates of the M.A. in Global Thought program, along with their friends and family.

Meet the M.A. in Global Thought Class of 2016.

Photo Gallery


The ceremony will be held outdoors on the Morningside Campus, rain or shine. The Levien Gymnasium will serve as an indoor, weather-friendly, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket.

Commencement Map shadow

What to Expect

Guest Seating: Tickets allow entrance into Morningside Campus on Commencement Day however they do not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first come first served basis, they are unassigned, and they cannot be reserved. University Commencement is a highly popular event and therefore space is very limited.

Weather: The University Commencement ceremony is an outdoor event which is held rain or shine. Prepare yourself appropriately for the weather conditions. Please bring sunscreen and a hat as well as an umbrella or raincoat, should there be inclement weather. There is also an indoor, weather-friendly viewing location for guests in the Levien Gymnasium which can be accessed with general admission tickets.

Street Closures: For those planning to drive or park near campus during Commencement Week, please note that many streets surrounding Morningside Campus will be closed (to both traffic and parking) by the NYPD. Please check back for further details in the spring semester.

Green Initiatives: Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on waste. The University is committed to global sustainability efforts and clearly-marked recycling bins will be provided on the campus grounds during the University Commencement ceremony. Following the event, please deposit unwanted plastic bottles or paper products (including programs) in these containers.

After the ceremony: The ceremony will end shortly after noon. We recommend that graduates and their families choose a designated area off campus to meet after the ceremony. With more than 30,000 people on campus, it can be very difficult to find someone — even with a cell phone — without planning ahead.

Bags: For security reasons and to save time, we ask that everyone refrain from bringing bags to campus on Commencement Day.  Any bags or packages brought to the ceremony will be subject to search and must be kept in the owner’s possession at all times. Bringing bags will slow down entry and cause delay.