The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has several events to honor the accomplishments of the graduating students from its different programs.

The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons marks its students' successes and milestones with several ceremonies and events throughout their medical education. These momentous occasions include the White Coat Ceremony, the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician's Ceremony, Match Day, Class Day, and Commencement.

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Graduation Ceremony

This ceremony recognizes graduates earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: Lee Goldman, MD Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Diplomas: MD diplomas were mailed to graduates after April 15 graduation. 

School Graduation Website:

School Contact:
Andrea Patterson

Institute of Human Nutrition

MS Year-End Celebration 

This ceremony is an annual event celebrating the achievements of the graduating MS class. 

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Sharon Akabas, MS Program Director 

Diplomas: Our students are celebrating the completion of their course work, however, their thesis still needs to be completed. Diplomas will be mailed to the Diploma Address listed in SSOL after their degrees are conferred. For many of our students, this conferral happens in October of every year.  

School Graduation Website: N/A

School Contact: 
Sarah Bergren
(212) 342-3804

Professional Health Therapy Programs

Programs in Occupational Therapy: Acknowledgment Ceremony

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Diplomas: Students will receive diplomas in the mail.

School Graduation Website: N/A

School Contact: 
Jessica Bussey
(212) 305-0472

Program in Physical Therapy: Graduation Acknowledgment Video


Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Diplomas: Students will receive their diploma in the mail.

School Graduation Website:

School Contact: 
Susan Kim
(212) 305-0470