Notable Speakers and Honored Scholars Highlight Graduation Ceremonies, May 16 to 21
United States Attorney General Eric Holder (CC’73, Law’76) will join a broad array of distinguished figures scheduled to address numerous ceremonies for Columbia University’s approximately 12,000 graduates. Events take place between Saturday, May 16 and Thursday, May 21.
The University will confer eight honorary degrees and one Medal for Excellence at its main commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m., at its Morningside Heights campus. During the ceremony, Columbia will also recognize the service of outstanding alumni, as well as excellence in teaching among its faculty.
|On May 20, the Empire State Building will be illuminated in Columbia blue in honor of University commencement. (Click to enlarge image.)|
Wendy K. Chung, assistant professor of pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Marguerite Y. Holloway, assistant professor of journalism, Graduate School of Journalism
Scott A. Snyder, assistant professor of chemistry, Department of Chemistry
Joseph Tenenbaum, Edgar Leifer Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine
Mathematics Professor Robert Friedman received the 2014 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching to recognize his inspiring leadership.
National Science Foundation Career Awards were given to Roxana Geambasu, assistant professor of computer science, for a proposal to create new data protection methods for modern operating systems; and Javad Lavaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering, for research on electrical power networks.
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi, won the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award for Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.