Climate School Class Day

The Climate School's Class Day celebration for the Class of 2023 will take place on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:00am EDT at Columbia's Miller Theater. An outdoor reception will follow. 

The ceremony will also be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to join in person. 

Climate School students are also invited to participate in Columbia's Commencement celebration on Wednesday, May 17th at 10:30am EDT.

*All listed times are subject to change

Climate School Class Day

MA in Climate and Society students are eligible to participate in the Climate School Class Day ceremony if they meet the following criteria:

  • Their degree was conferred in February 2023
  • Their degree is expected to be conferred in May 2023
  • Their degree is expected to be conferred in October 2023

Students must register to participate in the Climate School Class Day on Friday, May 12, 2023. The deadline to register is April 21, 2023. 

Academic regalia is required to participate in the Climate School Class Day and University Commencement ceremonies. 

Master's regalia consists of a cap and gown, which is available for purchase only and not for rental. Regalia may be obtained through the Columbia University Bookstore in Lerner Hall (2922 Broadway) beginning March 8 or through the online portal beginning March 13. The last day to purchase Master’s regalia to be directly shipped to the student through the online portal is April 29. 

A professional photograph of each student participant will be available for purchase. The event photographer will contact graduates via email, which will be on each student's name card. 

Information about guest tickets for Class Day is forthcoming.

Students, and their guests, requiring accommodations during the Climate School Class Day and/or University Commencement ceremonies, including graduates whose disabilities limit their ability to walk or negotiate stairs, should contact Disability Services at [email protected].

University Commencement

Climate School students are eligible to participate in the University's Commencement ceremony if they meet the following criteria:

  • Their degree was conferred in February 2023
  • Their degree is expected to be conferred in May 2023
  • Their degree is expected to be conferred in October 2023

All Climate School students who wish to participate in the University Commencement ceremony on May 17, 2023, must first register for the Climate School Class Day. 

Graduating students will also be required to register to participate in the University Commencement ceremony. The registration link will be sent in early April

Academic regalia is required to participate in the Climate School Class Day and University Commencement ceremonies. 

Master's regalia consists of a cap and gown, which is available for purchase only and not for rental. Regalia may be obtained through the Columbia University Bookstore in Lerner Hall (2922 Broadway) beginning March 8 or through the online portal beginning March 13. The last day to purchase Master’s regalia to be directly shipped to the student through the online portal is April 29. 

All Climate School students who wish to participate in University Commencement on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, must register for the Climate School Class Day to become eligible to access the University's Commencement ticket registration system.

Registration for University Commencement will open in mid-April.

The first class of students to graduate from the Columbia Climate School celebrated in a school-wide Class Day ceremony on May 13, 2022, and in a university-wide Commencement ceremony on May 18. Here are some of the highlights!

View the entire May 13, 2022 celebration here!