You’re All Set If You Know This

All students planning to attend Convocation must register for tickets via the Convocation website.


  • Each Masters student will receive 3 tickets; each Doctoral student will receive unlimited tickets. Doctoral students must still register for tickets.
  • E-Tickets become available on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  
  • Ticket registration closes on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
  • Ticket lottery for any unclaimed tickets opens Friday, April 10, 2020.
  • Students may be able to secure 1 additional ticket through the lottery process.

Pro Tips

  • Students must register for tickets through the Convocation website.
  • You will need to know your T number in order to register for tickets.
  • Immediately after you press the submit button you will receive your tickets from via email.  If you do not receive your tickets immediately, you did not complete your registration and must go back to complete.
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If You Want to Know More

  • Tickets are electronic and will be made available through
  • Once you receive your tickets, you can forward the email to your guests and they can either print them out to be scanned at the Cathedral or, the ticket bar code and be scanned from their device.
  • Children who are young enough to sit in a stroller or on a lap do not need a ticket.

Ticket Lottery Overview

  • If there are unclaimed tickets they be made available by lottery on a first-come, first-served basis by ceremony.
  • 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
  • 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 25, 2020: tickets are made available to eligible students
  • April 8, 2020: ticket registration closes
  • April 10, 2020: Unclaimed ticket lottery begins on a first-come, first-served lottery

Special Notice:

Teachers College Ticket 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.

Convocation vs. Commencement
  • You must register for Convocation tickets AND Commencement tickets. These are 2 separate processes.
  • You will receive a separate email AFTER Convocation ticket registration closes to register for Commencement tickets.
  • You will receive a maximum of 2 tickets to Commencement.
Columbia University Ticket 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.