Current Students


The program offers a wide spectrum of academic and professional resources to help you navigate through the policies and procedures that define your course of study. This segment of the website is divided by class year and provides links, for all students, to important resources on the medical center campus.


Current students may read and download the Student Handbook, Class of 2019 from the Professional Leadership and Practice course in Canvas

students sitting at convocation

Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 10AM-12:30PM
Location: Black Building, Alumni Auditorium
Attire: Caps and gowns
Keynote speaker: Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA




Graduation/Convocation Information for the Class of 2019

Dear Graduating Class of 2019:

Can you believe it?  Graduation is just around the corner.  You will soon be welcomed to the world of paychecks, pleasure reading, vacationing, and practicing in a very satisfying career.  This document provides information regarding your Convocation and Commencement.  Please read carefully and complete each task as quickly as possible.

PT Program Convocation

Ceremony.  The DPT Program convocation will be held at Alumni Auditorium (630-650 W. 168th St), Tuesday, May 21st promptly at 10:00 AM. Please arrive no later than 9:30 am.  There are no ticket requirements to attend the ceremony.  We will assemble in the hallway behind the Auditorium (close to the marble stairway, restrooms and “submarine” classroom in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the William Black Building.)   Don't forget your gown, hood and tam!  Beginning at 9:30, you will be lined up in alphabetical order, and given instructions on when and how to enter/exit the stage during the donning component of the ceremony.

We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker is Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA.  Dr. Jensen is a “star” and a leader in physical therapy.  Her biography is included here.

Reception.  The reception held in your honor follows immediately after the ceremony, approximately 12:00 to 12:30 pm, in Bard Hall, First Floor Lounge.  Each graduate can invite six (6) guests.  You may request additional guests, and I will get back to you based upon availability.  It is our goal that all your guests are welcomed to the reception.  The maximum capacity is ultimately based on the fire regulations for Bard Hall.   We look forward to celebrating all of your accomplishments, meeting your family and friends, hearing about your final internships and what's next for you.  I will compile all convocation data via a graduation survey

Columbia University Commencement Ceremony

The University Commencement of the 265th Academic Year is held outdoors on Low Plaza on the downtown campus on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:30 am. General admission for guests opens at 8:30 am.  Graduates begin to line up at 8:00 am.  All graduates must be assembled by 9:00, lining up with the programs of Human Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.  It is recommended that you use the Wien designated entrance. Assembly of Candidates Map; University Commencement Entrances Map.  You will sit in section N. Seating of Candidates Map:

Wear your cap and gown, bring water, and carry your University ID.

Registration for University Commencement and Tickets

Online registration is required for graduating students and tickets are required for guests.  There is a limit of two (2) tickets per graduate degree candidates.  Graduating students do not need a ticket but you must register on the website to attend.  All guests over the age of three must have a ticket to attend.  The University Commencement Ticketing website will be live for you to register for graduation and request tickets on Monday, March 25th at 9am.  Please use this link. 

University Commencement guest tickets will be electronic tickets and will be available to you upon completion of registration.  Please print tickets yourself or send electronically for your guests to print.  Each ticket has a unique QR code that can only be scanned once.  The first guest to arrive with a unique ticket will be allowed entry to the ceremony.  Any additional copies of the same ticket will be turned away at the gates.  Tickets are non-transferrable and should not be copied.

All guests must present their ticket to enter campus.  Guests should receive tickets from their respective graduate prior to commencement morning.  Seats are given on a first-come, first served basis.  The general admission line forms on Broadway at 115th Street for outdoor seating.  For guests with disabilities, limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, or those needing sign language interpretation, the line forms at Amsterdam and 116th Street.  For indoor seating at the Levien Gymnasium in the Northwest Corner building, enter at 120th street, east of Broadway.

Ordering Doctoral/Non-Law Degree Regalia:

Doctoral recipients wear a gown, hood, and velvet tam (cap). All three components are required in order to walk in all doctoral commencement ceremonies.  Orders for rental doctoral regalia may be placed beginning March 12th. You may place your order online until April 15th or by visiting us in-store anytime. Late fees will apply to rental regalia orders placed after April 19th. A set of rental doctoral regalia is $185 (plus tax) (rental gown, rental hood, purchase tam).

For more information, visit and check out the Commencement Information section.  The bookstore begins to distribute the rental regalia on May 10th.  Please pick up your regalia in advance of Convocation.  You will return your regalia to the bookstore following the graduation ceremony.  You can return the regalia at either the CUIMC or downtown bookstore.  Many graduates have pictures taken and then go directly to the downtown bookstore to return. 

HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Privacy and Information Security Training must be completed by all new faculty, staff and students within 30 days of the date of hire and annually thereafter. You received an email from the Office of HIPAA compliance from stating that you have not completed the annual HIPAA training.  Complete the required training directly and log on with your UNI and password. Please note that the training can only be accessed from an internet browser with the latest plugins for Adobe, Flash and Java.

As you are aware, the University takes this initiative extremely seriously.  What happens if you don’t complete the training?  First, your email access is suspended so that you can’t access Canvas, SIS, SSOL, or anything Columbia (I takes about 2 agonizing weeks to reinstate your email).  Second, you may not receive your diploma.  (I told you they are serious).  So yes, even though you are almost done, almost graduated, almost working, and almost receiving a paycheck, you must comply.  I urge you to complete this ASAP or by mid-April to prevent any delays in graduation.

Please don’t wait until the last moment to complete the training; leave time for the University to process and check your status.  Get this lovely assignment done now, strike it off your list, have a contest across the US to see who can complete the assignment first.  This mandate is required of all faculty, staff, and students.  I finished mine a couple of weeks ago.  It is always good to get a refresher course.  I am slow and methodical (as I sadly wanted to get 100%) so it took me about 1 1/2 hours.  I’m sure this can be done much quicker.

 Review your Name for Accuracy

Your name on your diploma will appear as it appears on your SSOL Academic Profile.  Please check your information for accuracy.

  • Log into SSOL  and check your Academic Profile
  • Your name in your profile should mirror exactly how it appears on your transcript, and how it will appear on your diploma
  • If you wish to make any change to your name, please contact us by coming into our office at 1-141 Black Building, or email us at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team at, by phone at (212) 342-4790 or in person.

How to Receive your Diploma:

Diplomas will be mailed directly to you at the DP address on file with  Student Services Online.  If there is no DP address through SSOL, the diploma will not be sent, and you will need to make retrieval arrangements with the Office of the University Registrar. Please contact with any additional questions about diplomas.  The Program in Physical Therapy can not distribute your diplomas so make sure all your information is correct on SSOL.

Graduation Survey

In order to prepare for the Convocation, please complete the graduation survey by Wednesday APRIL 3rd.  I will be unable to honor any requests of late or non-responders.  Our dates are predicated on University deadlines, so help me help you.     

I know that many of you are diligently preparing for the NPTE exam.  All of us at Columbia wish you success.  I will be in touch with more information as needed.  The next email should be notification of the opening of commencement registration and tickets.

Best regards,
Dr. Debra Krasinski


Gail M. Jensen, P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA

Head shot of Gail Jensen

Dean of the Graduate School, College of Professional Studies, and Summer Sessions
Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment

Dr. Jensen is Dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies, Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Faculty Associate, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University.  She  known nationally and internationally for  scholarly contributions in expert practice, clinical reasoning, professional ethics, and interprofessional education.  Dr. Jensen is author or coauthor of more than 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has coauthored 10 books, most recently third edition of Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists; Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice; Expertise in Physical Therapy Practice (2nd edition); and Educating for Moral Action: A Sourcebook in Health and Rehabilitation Ethics.  

She is the founding Director for the Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education (OISSE) at Creighton.   Dr. Jensen has been principal or co-investigator for four HRSA funded interdisciplinary education projects that contributed to a 15 year academic-community partnership with Omaha and Winnebago Native American communities in northeast Nebraska.   She was appointed by Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the Federal Advisory Board on Community-Based Linkages and served on that board from 2005-2009. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). 

Dr. Jensen received her PhD in educational evaluation with a minor in sociology from Stanford University. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota.


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