Commencement at Columbia University's Low Plaza
This year’s more than 15,000 graduates range in age from 18-year-old Yichen Wang at Columbia College, to 82-year-old Lottie Katz at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. They include some 1,800 international students from more than 100 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia.
The Double Discovery Center, a Columbia College program that works to foster college matriculation for low-income and first-generation middle and high school students in New York City, will be renamed The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center.
Ed Lauth Columbia University Great Grad 2016
Edward Lauth, director of commercial operations in Columbia’s Department of Facilities and Operations, this week graduates cum laude, with honors. In January 2013, he was diagnosed with metastatic, Stage IV male breast cancer.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger

On behalf of the Trustees and the faculty of Columbia University, it is my very great pleasure and honor to welcome all of you to this ceremony to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016.

Marcos Rocha, Jr., grew up in Spanish Harlem, but went halfway around the world with the Marines before he got to the University. Over the past several years, the son of El Salvadoran and Brazilian immigrants has done a combat deployment in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

Columbia Great Grad 2016 Jean-Franco Diaz

As a high school junior growing up in Washington Heights, Jean-Franco Diaz benefitted from the SAT prep and pre-college counseling available through Columbia’s Double Discovery Center.

Columbia Great Grad 2016 Paul Coyne
When Paul Coyne graduates from the Columbia University School of Nursing on May 18, he will add yet another diploma to the five he has already earned. That’s no small feat, especially for someone who just turned 30.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Natacha Diels
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Texas and New Mexico, Natacha Diels considers herself a nomad. She spent most of her life, however, in New York City, where she attended New York University, graduating with degrees in flute performance and integrated digital media.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Mounir Enenbach
Mounir Ennenbach has been fascinated by weather since he was 12 years old, when an aunt gave him the rain gauge he used to create a small weather station in front of his home in Amman, Jordan. Now a student of earth and environmental engineering.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Kathleen Bachynski

Photo by Christina Gupfinger

Kathleen Bachynski, who is receiving a doctorate in sociomedical sciences, studies the health risks of youth sports. Her dissertation on the dangers of football has been widely praised and was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.