Disability Access and Service Alerts

Disability Access and Service Alerts:



Campus Access During Commencement Week Ceremonies


Alternate access routes on lower and upper campus due to Commencement Week activities

Commencement Week
Out-of-Service Date
Commencement Week ceremonies complete by May 22, 2019
Temporary Accommodations

Commencement activities begin on Saturday, May 18, with school ceremonies starting at 8:00 a.m., and last through University Commencement on Wednesday, May 22. You may see the complete Commencement Week event schedule here: https://commencement.columbia.edu/schedule-events.

During Class Day ceremonies, the following impacts can be anticipated:

  • At times, east-west access across lower campus is expected to be limited. The east-west crossing in front of Butler Library is not available when ceremonies are in progress. In addition, as some school ceremonies formally recess to upper campus, College Walk access may be temporarily closed for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. 
  • During the processionals, access will be restricted on the South Lawn West perimeter pathway at Lerner Hall. Typically, these temporary closures last less than 30 minutes.
  • The entrance to Butler Library is relocated to the library’s east side (near John Jay Hall) from May 18 through May 21. For hours during Commencement Week, please visit: https://hours.library.columbia.edu/?library=butler

The Dodge Hall elevator from College Walk and the Kent Hall College Walk entrance will both remain accessible as usual (as a reminder, the Kent Hall entrance is available only during building hours) except on Commencement Day.

Commencement Day Access

On Wednesday, May 22, University Commencement Day, there are various restrictions in place campus-wide from 6:00 a.m. until the conclusion of the ceremony at approximately 12:30 p.m. Lower campus will be unavailable except to ticket-holders and graduating students.

For details, visit: https://commencement.columbia.edu/faculty-staff#navigating-campus

Service alerts posted here reflect reported issues and may not include those that have been recently called in or are under investigation. To report an issue, call the Facilities Service Center at 212-854-2222.

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