• Reminder to apply to be the CSSW Graduation Student Speaker!
  • Need Financial Assistance for Regalia?
  • Sign up to Receive a DIY Grad Kit!

CSSW Graduation Student Speaker: Apply Here
We are currently seeking nominations for a graduate keynote speaker at the CSSW Graduation. The time allotted for the student graduation speech is 5 minutes. Well received speeches are those that reflect on the common educational experience and share, in a personal way, the value of an education received at the Columbia School of Social Work. 

Application and Selection Process
A graduating MSSW student and a graduating PhD student will be selected to address the graduating class at the CSSW Commencement. The speaker must be a member of the graduating class they plan to address.

MSSW students who wish to be considered must complete the “Graduation Speaker Application” form, found here. In addition to the application, each prospective speaker must also submit a copy of their five-minute proposed speech. Students must self-nominate to be considered. The deadline for submitting the application materials is Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM (ET).

Doctoral students interested in being the Doctoral Student Speaker should reach out to Jessica Troiano at [email protected]. The application form is for MSSW students only.


Regalia & Regalia Assistance
Regalia (caps and gowns) are not required to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Graduates interested in purchasing caps and gowns are encouraged to place their order no later than March 31, 2021.

To place regalia orders, go directly to:

Regalia Assistance Request Form
The purpose of regalia assistance/reimbursement funding is to help defer the cost of regalia by providing financial assistance to CSSW students at the end of their program.

1. The regalia assistance will come in the form of a partial reimbursement. Funds are limited and the reimbursement amount is to be determined, based on the number of applicants.

2. To receive reimbursement, students MUST complete this form. Students will also be required to submit receipts and all necessary paperwork through Concur (Columbia University’s platform for submitting reimbursement requests). All applications must be received by Friday, March 26th at 11:59 PM (ET).

3. The Office of Student Services and Student Life has the final approval over reimbursement requests. Please note that applying for assistance does not automatically grant funding. Notifications will be distributed by March 30th.

The Regalia Assistance Request Form can be found here.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

DIY Grad Kit 
Request a DIY grad kit from the Columbia University Commencement Office in the mail by April 1st to receive photo booth props, mortarboard templates, and other fun surprises. Go to this site and scroll to the bottom of the page and submit the required form.

Only eligible graduates from the 2020-2021 academic year will qualify to receive a celebratory package. Orders will be fulfilled on a rolling basis starting mid-March.

CSSW Graduation

Columbia School of Social Work Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)
Link: The CSSW Graduation Ceremony link will be shared closer to the date.

Congratulations, Class of 2021! CSSW is hosting a virtual graduation to celebrate all that you have accomplished during your time at the School!

The School’s graduation ceremony will feature a keynote speaker and two student speakers, a Master’s graduate and a doctoral graduate. During the ceremony, each graduate’s name will be read and each graduate will be recognized with a slide that can be customized with a photo or video and a personal message. Each graduate will also receive a shareable personalized graduation website, which will allow for the display of photos, videos, and texts. 

CSSW Graduation Questions?
For more information or help with questions, please contact the School’s Graduation Planning Team by e-mail at [email protected]

Columbia University Commencement
Date: Friday, April 30th
Time: 10:30 AM (EDT)
Link: The University Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast here.

The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 267th academic year will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. EDT via web broadcast.

More information about the Columbia University Commencement can be found here.

Columbia University Commencement Office
Phone: 212-854-1753
Email: [email protected]

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Graduation
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM (EDT), Doors Open at 5:30 PM (EDT)
Link: The link to the event will be sent to students who registered.

The BIPOC Graduation Planning Committee (API, Black, Latinx, and Multiracial Caucuses; Action for Black Lives; Office of Student Life) is hosting a Virtual BIPOC Graduation to celebrate graduating Black, Indigenous, and students of color. Registration is closed. For more information about BIPOC Graduation, please contact [email protected] and/or [email protected].
Lavender Graduation
Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)
Link: The link to the event will be sent to students who registered.

The Queer Caucus Leadership Team and the Office of Student Life are hosting a Virtual Lavender Graduation to celebrate LGBTQ graduating students. Registration is closed. For more information about Lavender Graduation, please contact [email protected] and/or [email protected].