Commencement

Columbia Commencement in Morningside Heights
The Class of 2018, a diverse group of some 16,000 men and women, receives degrees on May 16. They come from more than 100 different countries, and they range in age from 16 to 69.
Joachim Frank in commencement ceremonial robes carrying the mace

Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank carried the ceremonial mace for this year's Commencement. Photo by Eileen Barroso

The Columbia mace dates from the 18th century and is a little more than two feet long. Made of Sheffield plate, a layer of silver over copper, it contains a design of acanthus leaves, a symbol of everlasting life.
Jemima Mendoza in a t-shirt in front of a river
Columbia Commencement in Morningside Heights
To help us guarantee a safe and comfortable experience for all, the following adjustments to normal campus access will be in effect.
Michael Hernandez smiling while in his lab coat
Before deciding to become a doctor, Michael Hernandez wanted to be a priest. “I always loved the idea of helping people.”
Sara Sakowitz in her Columbia baby blue graduation robe in front of a rusty green statue
Within months of starting her freshman year in 2014, Sara Sakowitz started her first business, Blue Moon Box, a monthly science kit subscription service.
Julia Di
Once Julia Di came up with the idea for the Columbia Space Initiative, events moved at warp speed.
Jamal Lewis
If he hadn’t nearly died, Jamal Lewis likely never would have found his way to the Mailman School of Public Health, and a life devoted to the field of environmental health.
With the help of Columbia's Justice-in-Education Initiative and a determined dean, Leyla Martinez is graduating with a bachelor's degree in human rights.
Yasmin Theodros Dagne was named a Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch, where she will spend a year investigating human rights abuses.

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