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Ivy Chain Ceremony

Ivy chainHistory

Ivy Chain is one of the most traditional Commencement Week activities. The first Ivy Chain was held in 1900. As part of the early programs, live ivy was planted near St. Clair Hall and the Ivy Song was chanted. Rose Vespers, and rose notes—the gesture of sending a sentimental note to underclass friends asking them to accept a rose from the graduate after the ceremony was completed—are traditions also associated with Ivy Chain.


Ivy Chain is available to all graduating (May, summer or December) seniors from any Columbia College campus. There is no fee to participate in Ivy Chain.

Ivy chainCeremony Information

Ivy Chain begins at 9:00am on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Please check in at the Atkins-Holman Student Commons at 8:00am in order to have time to line up prior to the start of the ceremony. If you are late, we will not be able to guarantee you a spot in line. The ceremony is scheduled to last no more than an hour, so you will have plenty of time to line up for commencement after the ceremony ends.


Use this registration form to register online for the May 7th Ivy Chain ceremony. The deadline to sign-up for Ivy Chain is Friday, April 15, 2016. An RSVP is required to ensure enough roses and ivy are ordered for this special ceremony.

RehearsalIvy chain

The Ivy Chain rehearsal has been scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3:00pm in Bass Commons. While the rehearsal is optional, it is important that you attend if possible. It will not last more than thirty minutes. A tour of campus will be available for those not familiar with the home campus directly following the rehearsal.

Rain location

In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in Southwell Arena. Updated information will be posted on the website and at the doors. To inquire by phone, please call (573) 875-7400.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Liz Weise at (573) 875-7834 or