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ACADEMIC ATTIRE

Academic Attire is required to participate in Convocation and is different for Masters and Doctoral candidates.

Doctoral recipients also wear a hood indicating the degree earned. Please note it is best to wear a blouse or shirt that has buttons for easy attachment of the hoods.

Click here for more information about the history and significance of academic attire.

Masters Academic Attire

Academic attire is available for purchase beginning at the annual Grad Fair, Morningside Campus March 8, 9, 10 from 11am to 7pm

Columbia University Bookstore
2922 Broadway at 115th Street.
Tel: 212.854.4132
www.columbiabookstore.com

These gowns are not rentals, but souvenirs, yours to keep without the trouble of returns. They feature Columbia crowns embroidered on the front panels.

  • Masters academic attire (mortarboard cap, tassel and gown) costs $62.
  • Masters degree recipients do not wear hoods.
  • There is no deadline for masters academic attire purchase.

Custom Academic Attire Information

Cost
Columbia Masters Gown $235.00
Columbia Masters Hood $120.00
Columbia Blue Mortarboard (Purchase quality for BA/MA gowns) $42.00

Doctoral Academic Attire

Academic attire for Doctoral candidates must be specially ordered, for rental or purchase, through the Columbia University Bookstore.

Columbia University Bookstore
2922 Broadway at 115th Street.
Tel: 212.854.4132
www.columbiabookstore.com

 Doctoral Rental Regalia

Cost
Columbia Doctoral Gown (no headwear is included, purchase separately) $70.00
Columbia Doctoral Hood $35.00
Tams will need to be purchased to accompany doctoral rental gowns. $69.00

Custom Academic Attire Information

Cost
Columbia Doctoral Gown $640.00
Columbia Masters Gown $235.00
Columbia Doctoral Hood $164.00
Columbia Masters Hood $120.00
Velvet Tam (for doctoral regalia) $69.00
Columbia Blue or Black Mortarboard (Purchase quality for BA/MA gowns) $42.00

Columbia University Bookstore 2016 Academic Attire Timeline

March 8, 9, 10

Grad Fair in Bookstore (11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.).
Distribution of Master souvenir gowns begin.

TBA

Deadline for ordering Aiguillettes. Aiguillette orders placed after this date will not arrive in time for Convocation.

TBA

Last day to order rental academic attire (doctoral only) without late fees. After this date a late fee of $20.00 will be assessed for expedited processing.

TBA

Last day to place an order for guaranteed delivery of custom purchased academic attire.

TBA

Attire ordered on or after this date will be subject to a $40 rush processing fee.

TBA

Rental attire distribution to students begins and continues through May 20.

TBA

Last day to return rental attire to bookstore.

Shipping Information

All orders are shipped from Oak Hall to the Columbia University Bookstore at 2922 Broadway unless otherwise noted during the order process. For pricing information please contact the bookstore’s regalia hotline at 212-854-6145.

Footwear

We recommend that women wear comfortable, low shoes. Candidates will be walking on rough sidewalks and hard marble floors. You should also consider the items you will carry, as candidates will not return to the robing area after the ceremony.

Columbia University Bookstore 2015 Academic Attire Timeline

Grads Give Gowns: Donate Your Grad Attire!
Pay it forward to future TC graduates by donating your graduation attire! Regalia attire will be accessible to the Class of 2018, and beyond! As a special thanks for your donations, the Office of Student Affairs will give you a Teachers College t-shirt to show your TC spirit long after graduation!

Look for an OSA representative in Whittier Hall (1st Floor Lobby) during Convocation Week to donate!
Monday, May 15, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 16, 12:00pm - 1:30pm & 4:00 - 5:30pm
Wednesday, May 17, 4:00 - 5:30pm

OR visit Thorndike Hall (Room 160) to donate May 18th through July 1st! Contact studentactivities@tc.edu to confirm hours of operation.

DISABILITY SERVICES

Teachers College Accessibility Services

Teachers College is committed to ensuring that all TC Convocation events are accessible to guests, students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) works closely with the TC Convocation office to coordinate all access needs. During Convocation events, OASID staff, volunteers, and TC Public Safety officers will be on hand to assist guests.

Individuals with with questions regarding accessibility are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to, sign language interpreters, wheelchair access, and Braille or large print programs.

Doors will open forty-five minutes prior to the start of the event for guests requiring more time to find their seat, at which time a representative will assist you in finding appropriate seating accommodations.

Candidates

Candidates who have questions regarding access to the venue, or anticipate an access need (whether it be a physical need, as a ramp, or a language need, as a CART provider or sign language interpreter) while at the venue should contact the Office of Access and Services for individuals with Disabilities (OASID) as early as possible to discuss appropriate arrangements. 

 

DOCTORAL ELIGIBILITY & DEADLINES

You must file notification in the Office of Doctoral Studies of your intention to defend the Ph.D. or the Ed.D. dissertation during Spring Term 2017 by January 25th, 2017.

April 3rd*

Last Day to submit the Ed.D. Final Oral Defense Application or Application to Schedule the Ph.D. Final Oral Defense for Spring Term 2017 in order to receive a May 2017 degree.

April 24th*

Last Day to hold dissertation defense and be eligible for May award of degree.

April 28th*

Last Day to deposit Ed.D. dissertation and abstracts for May award of degree.

April 28th*

Last Day to deposit Ph.D. dissertation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the award of the May degree. (Deposit must be completed by 4 p.m.)

*Any student who is seeking an exception to the eligibility requirements listed above must submit a request stating the rationale for requesting the exception and a statement of support from the dissertation committee (sponsor and 2nd reader). All requests for an exception will be reviewed by Vice Provost Thomas Rock. Send the request in writing to Russell Gulizia at gulizia@tc.columbia.edu by March 31st, 2017.

 

GUESTS: PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Hotels

Teachers College

Reservation: 212-678-3235

The Office of Housing and Residence Life has a limited number of guest rooms in our New Residence Hall for short term stays for members and guests of Teachers College and Columbia communities. All rooms, except our ADA room, are furnished with central heat and a/c, microwave, refrigerator, color cable TV and one double bed. Our ADA room has all of the same amenities as our standard rooms, however has a twin size bed and a handicap accessible bathroom. All of our rooms feature private baths.


Aloft Harlem Hotel

Reservations: 212-749-4000
Location: 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Aloft Harlem is the first new hotel in Harlem in 40 years. It features loft-inspired design and style in one of NYC's most happening neighborhoods. Steps from the legendary Apollo Theatre, Columbia University, and the 125th Street subway station.


Hotel Beacon

Reservations: 212-787-1100 ext. 623 or info@beaconhotel.com
Location: 2130 Broadway at 75th Street

The newly renovated rooms and suites include a full kitchen, marble bathroom, cable television, direct dial phone, voice mail, discounts at the Equinox Health Club and discounted parking nearby


Belvedere Hotel

Reservations: 212-245-7000 / 888-HOTEL-58 or belvedere@newyorkhotel.com Location: 319 West 48th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues

All rooms contain kitchenettes; laundry facilities are located on the premises.


Empire Hotel

Reservations: 212-265-7400 / 888-822-3555 or reservations@empirehotel.com
Location: 44 West 63rd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue

Each room contains VCR, CD/cassette stereo (extensive CD library available) and use of the health club facilities.


The Excelsior Hotel

Reservations: 212-362-9200 or reservations@excelsiorhotelny.com
Location: 45 West 81st Street near Columbus Avenue

Refined hotel in a landmark building, boasting a fitness center, colorful eatery & elegant rooms


Hudson Hotel

Reservations: 800-444-4786
Location: 356 West 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

This 1,000-room hotel features cozy "studios." Amenities include in-room safe, cable TV, Sony CD players and Agua bath products.


The Lucerne

Reservations: 212-875-1000 ext. 80 / 800-492-8122 or lucerne@newyorkhotel.com
Location: 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

The Lucerne features 250 deluxe oversized rooms and suites. Its offerings include in-room movie, Nintendo game system, high-speed internet access and choice of complementary newspaper.


Hotel Newton

Reservations: 212-678-6500 / 800-643-5553 or newton@newyorkhotel.com
Location: 2528 Broadway at 96th Street

The spacious rooms are ideal for the budget conscious traveler.


NYLO New York City

Reservations: 1-866-391-NYLO (6956) – or - reservations@nylo-nyc.com
Location: 2178 Broadway at 77th Street

NYLO New York City, recently debuted as New York's newest lifestyle hotel. Conveniently located steps from Central Park, The American Museum of Natural History, and just minutes away from Columbia University. We offer complimentary Wi-Fi, 24 hour Fitness center and two restaurants and bar.


The Travel Inn Hotel

Reservations: 212-695-7171 / 800-869-4630
Location: 515 West 42nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues

This hotel features free indoor parking and outdoor swimming pool.


W New York Times Square Hotel

Reservations: 212-755-1200
Location: 1567 Broadway at 47th Street

W New York Times Square features 509 ultra-modern guest rooms and 43 suites. Their services and amenities include high-speed internet access, exercise rooms, and Aveda bath products.

Restaurant Guide

Zagat Guide’s listing of top NYC Restaurants for Special Occasions
Click Here

Serious Eats Guide: Where to Eat Near Columbia University
Click Here

Dining Guide

Sampling of Local Restaurants
$ = inexpensive ($10 meal and under)  $$ = moderate ($15-$30 meal)  $$$ = expensive (over $30) 


Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas Lounge ($$)
1207 Amsterdam (near West 120th St.)
(212) 662-6330


Bistro Ten 18 ($$$)
1018 Amsterdam (at West 110th St.)
(212) 662-7600


Camille’s ($$)
1135 Amsterdam (near West 116th St.)
(212) 749-2428


Che Bella Pizza ($)
1215 Amsterdam (at West 120th St.)
(212) 864-7300


Chipotle ($)
2843 Broadway (at 110th St.)
(212) 222-1712


Community Food & Juice ($$)
2893 Broadway (near West 113th St.)
(212) 665-2800


Deluxe ($$)
2896 Broadway (at West 113th St.)
(212) 662-7900


Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries ($)
2847 Broadway (near West 110th St.)
(212) 678-7701


Flat Top ($$)
1241 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 121st St.)
(646) 820-7735


The Heights ($$)
2967 Broadway (near West 111th St.)
(212) 866-7035


Kitchenette Uptown ($$)
1272 Amsterdam (near West 123rd St.)
(212) 531-7600


Koronet Pizza ($)
2848 Broadway (near West 11th St.)
(212) 222-1566


Le Monde ($$)
2885 Broadway (near West 112th St.)
(212) 531-3939

Max Soha ($$)
1274 Amsterdam (at West 123rd St.)
(212) 531-2221


Mel’s Burger Bar ($$)
2850 Broadway (at West 110th St.)
(212) 865-7100


The Mill Korean Restaurant ($)
2895 Broadway (near West 113th St.)
(212) 666-7653

Nussbaum & Wu ($$)
2897 Broadway (at West 113th St.)
(212) 280-5344


Ollies ($)
2957 Broadway (at West 116th St.)
(212) 932-3300


Pisticci ($$)
125 La Salle Street (near Broadway)
(212) 932-3500


Sub Conscious ($)
1213 Amsterdam (at 120th St.)
(212) 864-2720


Symposium ($$)
544 West 113th Street (near Broadway)
(212) 865-1011


Tom’s Restaurant ($)
2880 Broadway (at West 112th St.)
(212) 864-6137


V & T ($$)
1024 Amsterdam (near West 110th St.)
(212) 663-1708

Specialty Foods

Dunkin Donuts ($)
105 W 125th St. (at Amsterdam)
(212) 665-2090


Haagen Dazs ($)
2905 Broadway (near 113th St.)
(212) 662-5265


Pinkberry ($)
2873 Broadway
(212) 222-0191


Starbucks ($)
2929 Broadway (near 115th St.)
(212) 932-0300


The Hungarian Pastry Shop ($)
1030 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 111th St)
(212) 866-4230

 

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

Address

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

Public Transportation

The Cathedral is located at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway.

By subway
Take the 1, B, or C Train to the 110th Street / Cathedral Parkway station.

By bus
Take the M4, M60, or M104 to Broadway at 112th Street or the M11 to Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street.

Driving

From the North and East sides:
FDR Drive to 96th Street; west on 97th Street; north on Amsterdam Avenue to 112th Street.

From the North and West sides:
Henry Hudson Parkway to 125th Street exit; east on 125th Street; south on Amsterdam Avenue to 112th Street.

From the South or West sides:
New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge; Henry Hudson Parkway South to 125th Street exit; east on 125th Street; south on Amsterdam Avenue to 112th Street.

Parking

There is no public parking on the grounds of the Cathedral. Individual cars may park at one of the garages listed below or find street parking.

Garage Corp., 512 West 112th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Cars and mini-vans only. (212) 865-1754.

Parking Garage Corp., 234 West 108th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Cars and mini-vans only. (212) 222-8800.

Yorkshire Parking, 151 West 108th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
(212) 865-2314.

 

PORTRAITS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

We encourage you to take as many photos as you would like during the ceremonies! But, also keep in mind that Teachers College will have a professional photography team taking photos of each graduate back stage and as they cross the stage. These photos will be made available for purchase within 48 hours of the ceremony. In addition, during the processions, no guests will be allowed to take photos in the center aisle. Ushers and members of the Public Safety team will ensure the aisle is clear.

Students can also sit for professional portraits at TC on the following dates:
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Send your photos!

Would you like have a photo of your time at TC featured in a slideshow during Convocation? Submit photos of yourself, or friends and faculty during your time at TC.

Please send high-resolution jpeg files to the Convocation email: convocation@tc.columbia.edu and it may be selected for display during the convocation events. If your picture contains other TC students you must get permission from them before you send it in.

Deadline to submit your photos: Thursday, May 12, 2016

 

TICKETS

      • Masters students receive up to three guest tickets to their Convocation ceremony.
      • Doctoral students receive 7 guest tickets.
      • Tickets are electronic and will be made available through Eventbrite.com. When registration opens, you will need to have your T number on hand in order to register for your tickets and you will need to know your department.
      • Unused tickets will be released via lottery on the schedule below.

Ticket Lottery Overview

      • If there are unclaimed tickets they be made available by lottery on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • Students can request 1 ticket at a time during the lottery period.
      • Tickets will be continually offered via lottery until all are claimed. All tickets are electronic and will be received at the time of registration via email from Eventbrite.com.
      • An important note: lottery tickets are not guaranteed and are only available if there are unused tickets in a particular ceremony.

Ticket Registration Schedule

      • March 29th, 2017: tickets are made available to eligible students
      • April 12th, 2017: ticket registration closes
      • April 14th, 2017: Unclaimed ticket lottery begins on a first-come, first-served lottery

Special Notice:

Teachers College Policy

Teachers College Convocation is a free event, and tickets, which are made available at no cost, are NOT to be advertised on the Message Center to be either purchased or sold.

Thank you,
TC Convocation Office

COLUMBIA Policy

The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony. All unwanted tickets should be returned to the respective school if a graduate or guest(s) no longer plan to attend University Commencement.

 

MASTERS I CEREMONY

Departments
 
Arts and Humanities and Curriculum and Teaching
 
 
MASTERS II CEREMONY
Departments
 
Biobehavioral Sciences; Counseling & Clinical Psychology; Education Policy & Social Analysis and Health & Behavior Studies
 
 
MASTERS III CEREMONY
Departments
 
Human Development; International & Transcultural Studies; Math, Science & Technology; Organization & Leadership
 
 
DOCTORAL HOODING CEREMONY
 

Guest Ticket Overview

    • Guest tickets will be emailed to grads immediately following ticket registration on the Eventbrite.com site.
    • Tickets will be attached to an email from Eventbrite. These tickets can be printed and given to guests or forwarded as an attachment.
    • Pre-printed guest tickets will be scanned upon arrival at St. John the Divine Cathedral or guests can have ticket bar code scanned from their smart phone.
 

WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE: MASTERS CEREMONY

  • Arrive at Grad Plaza - 113th & Amsterdam wearing your academic attire. Pick up your name card (don’t lose!).
  • Assemble with your department and line up. You will not be seated alphabetically so plan to arrive with your friends.
  • The student procession will move to the Cathedral
  • Students will process to student seating in the Cathedral followed by the faculty and president’s processions.
  • Program begins
    1. Welcome remarks –Jack Hyland or Bill Rueckert, Co-Chairs of Teachers College Board of Trustees
    2. President’s Address - Susan Fuhrman
    3. Presentation of the Medalist by a member of the TC Faculty
    4. Medalist Address
    5. Student Speaker Address
    6. Musical Presentation by TC Degree Candidate from the Music Education Program
    7. Candidates Walk – students will be directed by staff by department backstage where a professional photographer will take photos which will be emailed for purchase shortly after the ceremony.
    8. Then, students will be directed to 1 of 2 reader podiums where they will turn in their name card. Their name will be read and students will walk across the stage. A professional photographer will capture these images as well.
    9. Students names will also appear in the printed program and will be visible on 2 large video screens as they cross the stage.
    10. Once students have walked off the stage they proceed back to student seating.
    11. After the ceremony has concluded, you and your guests are invited to a reception at Teachers College.
 

WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE: DOCTORAL HOODING CEREMONY

  • Arrive at Grad Plaza - 113th & Amsterdam wearing your academic attire. Pick up your name card (don’t lose!).
  • Assemble with your department and line up. You will not be seated alphabetically so plan to arrive with your friends.
  • The student procession will move to the Cathedral
  • Students will process to student seating in the Cathedral followed by the faculty and president’s processions.
  • Program begins
    1. Welcome remarks –Jack Hyland or Bill Rueckert, Co-Chairs of Teachers College Board of Trustees
    2. President’s Address - Susan Fuhrman
    3. Presentation of the Medalist by a member of the TC Faculty
    4. Medalist Address
    5. Musical Presentation by TC Degree Candidate from the Music Education Program
    6. Approximately ½ way through the ceremony, students will be directed to a reader podium on stage where they will turn in their name card to their department chair. Their name will be read and students will walk across the stage to be hooded by Provost Tom James. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture all these moments.
    7. After the hooding, students will walk across the stage to shake hands with Susan Fuhrman, Bill Rueckert and Jack Hyland.
    8. Students names will also appear in the printed program and will be visible on 2 large video screens as they cross the stage.
    9. Once students have walked off the stage they proceed back to student seating.
    10. After the ceremony has concluded, you and your guests are invited to a reception at Teachers College.
 

Before Convocation

Professional Photo Retrieval Details

  • GradImages® is the official photographer of all TC Convocation ceremonies.
  • Your photos will be available to view and order between 24-48 hours after your ceremony by visiting their website at www.gradimages.com.
  • You will receive an email from GradImages alerting you that your photos are ready for viewing. If you do not receive an email, simply enter your Last Name, your School Name: Teacher's College - Columbia University and select 2015 from the dropdown menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos.
  • If you need additional help to locate your photos, call our customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email us at giservice@gradimages.net.

Diplomas

  • Diplomas will be ordered shortly after graduation provided you have met all requirements for the award of the degree and should be in the mail to the student by the end of graduation month.
  • The diploma will be sent to the DP (Diploma) address on file for the student so please take a moment to input a DP address through the myTC Portal as soon as possible and make sure that the information is valid and will remain valid for at least two months after graduation.
  • For more information, click here