Guest Information


  • Graduates will be able to register for up to five (5) guest tickets. 
  • Graduates do not need a ticket. 
  • Ticket registration begins on Wednesday, April 3rd and concludes on Friday, April 19th.
  • If there are tickets remaining at the end of the initial ticket registration period, there will be a  lottery by ceremony. 
  • Tickets are electronic and will be sent via email immediately following ticket registration to the graduate. 
  • Guests can print tickets for scanning at the venue, or they can be scanned on a smartphone.

Mass Transit

How to Get to the United Palace Theater

Mass Transit

Subway: A Train to 175th Street & Fort Washington Avenue, and walk 1 block east to Broadway

C Train to 168th Street & Broadway, and walk to 175th Street

1 Train to 181st Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, and walk 2 blocks west and 5 blocks south to 175th Street & Broadway, or exit train at 168th Street and walk to 175th Street

Manhattan Buses: M5 | M100 | M7 |  M4  |M3 

Bronx Buses: BX3 | BX7 | BX11 | BX13 | BX35 | BX36

New Jersey Buses: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (3 blocks from United Palace) also has buses to and from New Jersey.

Metro North: Hudson River Line to Marble Hill, quick transfer to the Subway 1 Train at 225th Street to 181st or 168th Streets

The MTA website,, provides complete schedules and information about the most convenient ways to get to the United Palace.

Map it

Bag Check

All guests will walk through metal detectors and have their bags checked before they enter into the United Palace Theater for the Ceremonies. Luggage, large bags, signs, flags, banners, balloons, boxes, backpacks and other large items will not be permitted inside the United Palace Theater.

Strollers are not permitted in the seating areas. Ushers will direct guests with strollers to stroller parking.

Prohibited items:

  • Food or beverages
  • Lighters, vape pens or e-cigarettes
  • Hard coolers or like containers
  • Glass bottles or cans
  • Aerosol cans or noise-making devices
  • Alcohol
  • Video cameras or recording devices (Exception: cell phones and SLR cameras with video or recording capabilities)
  • Computers or laptops
  • Weapons (regardless of permit)
  • Animals (Exception: service animals)
  • Any materials, items or apparel constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion
  • Laser pointing devices
  • Drones (UAS-Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model aircraft
  • Selfie-sticks or other telescopic devices
  • Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by United Palace personnel, in their sole discretion

TC Pop Up Shop

TC memorabilia available for purchase at the end of each ceremony.


Guests may purchase flowers, commemorative T-shirts, and other small gifts on-site from our floral provider Commencement Flowers.


Parking Garages

Please park in the following parking garages located near the Theater. These are private lots and are not part of United Palace. You will be directed to your entrance door by staff. There are fees for parking to access this parking lot.

Parking Garage
ParkNSave Website 4162 Broadway
Center Park Website 4172 Broadway
Icon Parking Website 4070 Broadway
PV Parking Website 554 174th St
CUIMC Parking Facilities  Website  100 Haven Ave
Haven Parking Website 200 Haven Ave 
Park-It Website 506 W 181 Street


Restaurants Near United Palace Theater

Malecon Restaurant | Manolo Tapas | El Conde | Nuevo Floridita | Suross |  The Porch | Geisha 


Restaurants Near Teachers College

Here you will find a comprehensive list of our most suggested restaurants suited for all tastes and dietary restrictions. The Office of College Events built this list in accordance to popular recommendations of both Columbia University staff and students. 

Printable Restaurant List


Columbia University has negotiated discounted room rates with specific hotels in New York City's Upper West Side, which offer competitive pricing and value-added amenities.

Preferred Hotels for New York City

*These hotels include complimentary breakfast in Columbia negotiated rates.

Download and view the list of Columbia University Preferred Hotels in New York City (pdf) for preferred pricing which is valid through June 30, 2023. 

CU Preferred Hotels


Convocation General Accessibility Information

Accessible Transportation


  • A Train to 175th Street & Fort Washington Avenue, and walk 1 block east to Broadway
    • Elevator on NE corner of 177th St and Ft Washington Av.
    • Bus connections: M4, M5, M98 LTD (weekdays only), M100, Bx3, Bx7, Bx11, Bx13, Bx35, Bx36; Port Authority George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

C Train to 168th Street & Broadway, and walk to 175th Street

    • Elevator on SE corner of 168th St and St. Nicholas Ave. 
    • Bus connections: M2, M3, M4 (at Ft Washington Av), M5, M100, Bx7.
  • 1 Train to 181st Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, and walk 2 blocks west and 5 blocks south to 175th Street & Broadway, or exit train at 168th Street and walk to 175th Street
    • Not accessible 

The MTA website, MTA Accessibility Information, provides complete schedules, and accessibility information for subways, Metro North, and Buses to get to the United Palace.

Accessible Parking 

Accessible Drop-Off

Three car lengths will be available for accessible drop off Broadway and 176th street.

Accessible Entrance

The entrance is on Broadway at 175th Street (between 175th and 176th, but closer to 175th). There are no stairs at the entrance to the theater.


On Site Wheelchair Availability

Wheelchairs will be available for escort purposes from the entrance of the theater to seating. 

Theater Accessibility

There are elevators inside the theater that can take guests to the different sections of the theater. In the orchestra section, the aisles are ramps, while in the upper/lower loge and balcony sections, the aisles are stairs.


United Palace has accessible restrooms available. Ushers and TC staff will have information about which restrooms are accessible.

Communication Access 

Sign Language Interpretation, CART Captioning, and Assistive Listening Devices - ALDs will be provided for all ceremonies.

Large Print Programs

Programs will be available online this year. Once accessed, you should be able to adjust the size of the font from your device. 

Additional Notes

There will be Ushers available at each aisle that are aware of the accessibility features of the theater. Teachers College Accessibility Staff wearing yellow Access buttons will be available to assist.

Teachers College is committed to ensuring that TC Convocation events are accessible to all guests, with Disabilities (OASID) works closely with the TC Convocation Office to coordinate all access needs.

Individuals with questions regarding accessibility are encouraged to contact OASID at:

(212) 678-3689

(646) 755-3144 video phone


International Visitors Applying for a Visitor Visa

Teachers College does not provide individual invitation letters in support of visitor visas as the U.S. State Department has advised that invitation letters have no bearing on tourist visas, specifically, 
"Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa."
TC grads will receive a formal (digital) invitation that can be shared with intended guests. The Office of College Events will provide this invitation once the Office of the Registrar has submitted the students name to us as cleared for graduation. February and May grads will receive this digital invitation in March 2024. 
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