Barnard Commencement


Barnard's 125th Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall. Each Barnard graduate will receive seven tickets to the ceremony. The Barnard Ceremony will be live streamed and available to watch on this page.

University Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. (Candidate procession begins at 9:00 a.m.) on the Morningside campus.

Please see information below regarding the schedule of Commencement activities as well as information about tickets to Barnard and University Commencement ceremonies, caps & gowns, guests with disabilities, accommodations, photography, parking and directions.

We very much look forward to celebrating the spectacular achievements of the Class of 2017.


Schedule of Commencement Activities

Sunday, May 14

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

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.

Monday, May 15

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL

Event Oval, Diana Center

It is mandatory for all graduating seniors participating in Commencement to attend the Commencement Rehearsal (caps and gowns are not worn).

Tickets to the Barnard Commencement ceremony will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal.

Wednesday, May 17

8:30 a.m., CLASS PHOTO

Graduates will gather on the Quad for a class photo and then process together from the Barnard campus to University Commencement.


(Candidate procession begins at 9:00 a.m.) on the Morningside campus.

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., DEPARTMENTAL RECEPTIONS

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.

See the campus map below for departmental reception locations.


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.


Entrance doors to Radio City Music Hall are located at both 50th and 51st Streets, just east of Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.). Wheelchair access is available through the entrance on 6th Avenue.

4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., BARNARD CEREMONY

Tickets are required.

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 Interim President Robert Goldberg. (Degrees are officially conferred at the University Commencement.)



Baccalaureate Service: Tickets are not required, but indoor seating is limited. Graduates are asked to register for the service.

Barnard ceremony: Participating seniors will receive seven tickets at Commencement Rehearsal on May 15.

University Commencement: Each candidate is eligible to register for up to a maximum of four tickets with the candidate’s UNI and password. Candidates will be able to print or download these tickets to a web-enabled device immediately upon registering. **NOTE: Registration closed on May 12**


Caps & Gowns

Barnard Students may pick-up a cap and gown from the Columbia Bookstore during open hours through Tuesday, May 16. There is no charge to Barnard students for a cap and gown, however, all students must present a valid Barnard ID to avoid being required to pay for the attire. Be sure to check that a tassel has been packed in the bag you are given before you leave the bookstore.



Please visit the Barnard website for a list of area hotels. You many also wish to visit the Columbia website for additional listings (see "Alternate Accommodations"). 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 16th and Wednesday, May 17th (checkout on Thursday, May 18th), on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here for Graduation Housing for Parents



Parking—both near Barnard and Radio City Music Hall— is extremely limited, and the use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please visit the Barnard website for a listing of local parking garages near the Barnard campus.



Arrangements have been made with a photography company to take photos of each graduating senior while onstage at the ceremony. GradImages is the offical photographer for the Barnard ceremony. Students may preregister on their website or pick up a card with more information at the student rehearsal.


Guests with Disabilities

Disability Services at Barnard College, 212-854-4634, is available to assist in coordinating a variety of accommodations for guests with disabilities.

Both the Barnard campus receptions and the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall are wheelchair accessible. Guests do not need to notify the College in advance to reserve seating and there are no special tickets needed. Ushers will be available to assist guests with locating appropriate seating. Radio City Music Hall ushers will allow early entry at 2:45 pm for guests with mobility needs.

Sign Language Interpreters will be available. If you require Sign Language Interpretation for this event, please contact Disability Services by Friday, May 12th to reserve appropriate seating.

Columbia University Commencement will also be accessible. Further information may be found at

If you have inquiries related to accommodations for guests with disabilities, please contact Carolyn Corbran, Director of Disability Services, via email at



Please visit the Barnard website for information about getting to campus.