This annual University-wide ceremony celebrates graduates from Columbia’s nineteen schools, colleges, and affiliate institutions. Degrees are symbolically conferred upon candidates by the President of the University.
Each of Columbia’s nineteen schools and institutions conduct their own ceremony to honor the accomplishments of their graduating class. Sometimes called Class Day or Graduation Ceremony, these celebrations are typically smaller in size and more intimate than University Commencement.
This historic ceremony celebrates Columbia University graduates as they matriculate from their Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs and become commissioned officers in the United States Military.
Columbia’s Multicultural and Affinity Graduation Celebrations
WHAT THEY MEAN AND WHY THEY ARE SPECIAL TO GRADUATES
In addition to the university-wide Commencement ceremony and each school’s class day, our undergraduate students with campus partners organize Multicultural and Affinity Graduation Celebrations that allow them to celebrate the cultural intersections in their lives and honor the communities to which they belong. These celebrations are open to anyone in the Columbia community who would like to celebrate a particular culture or group.