Commencement

This year, approximately 13,423 degrees will be conferred on graduates from Columbia University’s three undergraduate and 13 graduate schools, as well as affiliated institutions Barnard College and Teachers College.

Columbia University will confer six honorary degrees and recognize the alumni recipient of its University Medal for Excellence at commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16. The recipients are:

Muhal Richard Abrams, Doctor of Music

President Barack H. Obama will deliver the keynote address at Barnard College’s 120th Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. on Columbia University’s South Lawn.

John McClelland at the 2010 Veterans Day color guard ceremony, the first such military flag-raising ceremony in more than 40 years

Image credit: Diane Bondareff/Columbia University
Sergeant John McClelland, a former special operations forces combat medic with the U.S.
This year, some 12,000 degrees will be conferred on graduates from all 18 of Columbia’s schools and affiliates.

Mohamed Mohamed

If laughter is the best medicine, Mohamed Mohamed provides a double dose.

At age 5, Morris Kaunda Michael fled with his family from war-torn Sudan for a refugee camp in northern Kenya.

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