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Barnard Commencement 2014

Welcome to the Barnard Commencement website.  With graduation rapidly approaching, we hope the information that follows will be useful in planning for this exciting time.


Please see new and updated information regarding ticket distribution and Will-Call, reception locations, guest assembly at Radio City, and other important details.

Quicklinks to Important Information:



1:15 pm - 3:30 pm, REHEARSAL   (UPDATED)

All candidates participating in Commencement are required to attend the rehearsal on Lehman Lawn and in the Barnard gymnasium (caps and gowns are not worn).  A group photo will be taken at 1:15.  Tickets will be distributed during the rehearsal.  (See "Tickets" for further information.)



Tickets are not required. 

This 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 am and will march in procession to St. Paul's Chapel at 8:55 am.  Caps and gowns are worn.   Graduates are asked to register for the service.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm, RECEPTIONS   (UPDATED)

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. 


At approximately 12:45 - 1:00 pm, students and faculty will board buses which will take them to the ceremony at Radio City.  Caps and gowns are to be worn.  


Guest assembly at Radio City:  Before doors open at 1:30 pm, guests will form lines on both 50th and 51st Streets, between Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) and Fifth Avenue.  For those with disabilities and/or limited mobility, please use the entrance on  6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), between 50th and 51st Streeets. Staff will be available to assist you to your seats. Please arrive at this entrance at 1:15 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Murray, Director of Disability Services at Barnard College at (212) 854-8466.

At 2:15 pm, the 51st Street doors may close to allow the procession to pass, and guests may be directed to the 50th Street doors.

The ceremony will be projected onto large screens on both sides of the stage.  The ceremony will not be webcast.

Security at Radio City:  Guests may be subject to a bag search and wanding.  Backpacks are not permitted, nor are food, beverages, balloons, or signage.


Tickets are required (see “Tickets” below).

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 Debora Spar. (Degrees are officially conferred on Wednesday at the University Commencement.)  Read about the 2014 recipients of the Barnard Medal of Distinction.

At the conclusion of the ceremony (approximately 4:30-4:45 pm), the area immediately surrounding Radio City will be quite congested, making it difficult for students and their guests to find each other.  It is advisable to prearrange a meeting place a block or two away from the venue.


10:15 am – 12:00 noon, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES, Columbia campus.

(UPDATED) The academic procession will begin at 10:15; the candidate procession will begin at 9:30am.

Tickets are required (see “Tickets” below). 

Degrees are officially conferred on the candidates of each of the divisions of the University.  The Columbia gates will open at 8:30 am, and guests are advised to be in their seats by 10:00 am, if not earlier, since the academic procession begins at 10:15.   Further information about the Columbia ceremony is available at University Commencement

Candidates will assemble in the Barnard gymnasium at 8:45 am and go in procession across Broadway to the Columbia ceremony at 9:00 sharp.  There is no assigned seating. 


Baccalaureate Service
Tickets are not required, but indoor seating is limited. Additional tented seating will be available on the Chapel lawn.

Barnard ceremony:   Participating seniors will receive seven tickets at rehearsal, on Friday, May 16.  Tickets not picked up at rehearsal will be placed at the Will-Call table on Sunday morning (see below).

University Commencement:  Each candidate is eligible to register for up to a maximum of four ticketswith her UNI and password, no later than May 9.  Candidates will be able to print or download these tickets to a web-enabled device immediately upon registering.

TICKET WILL-CALL:  Students may leave their tickets for guest pick-up on Sunday at Barnard.  The ticket/s--in a sealed envelope on which the guest's name must be clearly printed-- should be brought to the Student Life Office, 301 Diana Center, by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 16, or later that day--between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm--to a table set for this purpose on Lehman Lawn.

On Sunday, all tickets, including those that were not distributed at rehearsal, will be brought to the Will Call table, which will be set up outside the Barnard main gate at 117th Street from 10:30am -3:00 pm.  (There is no Will-Call at Radio City Music Hall.)


Students who filed Dean Friedman’s online questionnaire may pick up a cap and gown from the Columbia Bookstore, at no charge.  Candidates must present their student ID at that time.  Students who have not filed the questionnaire must contact the Commencement Coordinator, Lillian Appel, lappel@barnard.edu, for a letter enabling them to pick up attire.


Diplomas for the graduates whose records are cleared and whose accounts have no holds will be available in Barnard Hall following the Columbia ceremony on May 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  After 2:00 pm the diplomas will be available at the Registrar's window.  Diplomas not picked up within a few weeks of graduation will be shipped by Fedex to the address on the online diploma name card. Since there is a very short period of time between the end of the semester and graduation, it is virtually impossible to clear all of the records in time.  We ask those students affected for understanding.  Diplomas will be released just as soon as the records are cleared, often within twenty‑four hours.  Diplomas and final transcripts cannot be released, however, if a student's account with the University is not paid in full or if other financial requirements have not been fulfilled. The Registrar's office maintains a list of all such holds, which may be found in Student Services Online.  It’s the student's responsibility to check whether her account is clear. 


Please visit the Barnard website for a list of area hotels.  You may 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/room/night, with a 2-night minimum requirement) for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, May 17-21 (checkout on May 22), on a first-come, first-served basis.




The Office of Office of Disability Services  at Barnard College (212-854-4634, ods@barnard.edu) is available to assist in coordinating a variety of disability-related accommodations for guests with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Disability Services no later than 4 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014 to discuss any needed accommodations. Both the Barnard reception and the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall are wheelchair accessible.  For those with disabilities and/or limited mobility, please use the entrance at 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), between 50th and 51st Streets. Staff will be available to assist you to your seats. Please arrive at this entrance at 1:15 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Murray, Director of Disability Services at Barnard College at (212) 854-8466.


Arrangements have been made with photography and video companies to take footage of the ceremony and of your daughter crossing the stage.

PhotographyGradImages is the official photographer for the Barnard ceremony.  Please visit their website for information about what they offer.

Videos may be ordered online from Collegiate Video.  (Please be sure to use Order Code #012372B when prompted.)


Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through Jostens.


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 garages near the Barnard campus.


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