Nationwide Ceremonies

Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Juggling between work, home, and the pursuit of higher education hasn't been easy, but your determination has led you to the finish line. Now is the moment to rejoice in all your hard-earned achievements.

If you plan to attend one of our nationwide commencement ceremonies, make sure to complete the tasks below:

  • Sign up eight weeks prior to the ceremony by submitting:
  • Affirm you receive an email from that either confirms that you are registered for the event or provides instructions on what you need to do to complete your registration. All confirmations will be sent out at least eight weeks prior to the ceremony date.
  • Affirm you receive participation letter and marching instructions via CougarMail.
  • Order commencement announcements via Herff Jones.
  • Contact your location or Academic Affairs to inquire about honor society cords if applicable (Latin honors will be awarded the day of the ceremony).

Prepare For Commencement Day

Regalia, announcement and rings
Guest accommodations
A professional photographer at the ceremony will take pictures of graduates when presented with their diploma. Order forms will be sent to graduates in advance and will be available at the ceremony. Graduates can order their caps and gowns, printed announcements or rings through the Herff-Jones website. The venue will notify students when regalia is available for pick-up. Doors open one hour before the ceremony begins. Call your location if you need special accommodations. Wheelchair seating guaranteed with advance booking. Ushers are ready to assist you.

Nationwide Commencement Venues

Columbia College is set to host its commencement ceremonies during the spring and fall seasons across various locations nationwide. Discover where your graduation ceremony will take place based on your campus location listed below.

Commencement ceremonies for Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville, Orlando, Tavares and NSB Kings Bay locations
Date and time:

August 5, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Steinmetz Hall
445 S Magnolia Ave
Orlando, FL 32801



Dr. David Russell, Columbia College President


because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.