Commencement

Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey is a musician of many talents: improvisation, 20th-century avant-garde and classical music, rhythm and blues, metal, funk and hip hop, among other genres.

Jonny Cohen

By the time Jonathan (Jonny) Cohen started his freshman year at Columbia Engineering, he had launched a startup and been named—twice—to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of energy sector leaders for his work in gree

Majed Abdulsamad

Photo by Chris Chiou

When Majed Abdulsamad earns his degree this month from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, he will fulfill a lifelong plan—although not in Syria, where he grew up.

Richard Gamarra

When Richard Gamarra was 16, a gun fell out of his backpack during class at a Catholic high school in Queens and he was arrested.

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.

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.
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.

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