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This page is dedicated to stories about Columbia's campus and community. From student, staff, and faculty profiles to interesting events happening on campus and in our surrounding neighborhoods, here is where you can find the latest about what's happening on and around Columbia's campuses. 

Story Highlight

Columbia College students pose in front of the Baker Field Lions.
15 Photos from Graduation Festivities Celebrating Columbia's Class of 2024

It has been an unusual year to say the least, but Columbia's graduates deserve nothing less than mountains of praise as they walked the stage with aplomb, diplomas in hand, this week. Between school ceremonies, graduation celebrations, and the Empire State Building lighting, the Class of 2024 has celebrated in style. Our photographers have been there to capture it all.

This year, more than 16,222 degrees were conferred upon the Class of 2024 from Columbia’s 19 schools. Our graduates come from 148 countries, include 215 military veterans, 8,994 women, 7,449 international students, and range from a 17-year-old Columbia Engineering student earning a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics to a 73-year-old School of Arts student graduating with an MFA in non-fiction writing.

Photo of the Week

NROTC Commisioning Ceremony 2024
A Commissioning to Remember

ngratulations to Ryan Bolin (CC'24), Nathan Kinard (SEAS'24), Reese Ramirez (SEAS'24), and Emhyr Subramanian (SEAS'24) who were celebrated in Columbia's Naval and Marines Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) 2024 Commissioning Ceremony.

QUIZ

MArch Madness at Levien
The Columbia News Quiz: March Madness Edition

Test yourself with questions on Pi Day celebrations, electric fish at the Zuckerman Institute, and the Battle of the Dining Halls. Let's see how much you remember from the month of March.

COLUMBIA HISTORY

Yew Trees on Columbia campus.
What Happened to Columbia's Yew Trees?

Senior Class gifts have evolved significantly over the years. In the early days of Columbia in Morningside Heights, the Senior Class ended their Class Day with the presentation of the class gift: the planting of a yew tree on Low Plaza and a speech given by a Yew Tree Orator chosen by the class. Why would students give the University a yew tree? And where are all these yew trees today? Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library has the answers.

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Community Day at The Forum.
Manhattanville Community Day Summer 2024

JUNE 8 | 12-4 PM

Join us on the Manhattanville campus on June 8, 2024, for a free fun-filled celebration of community! Immerse yourself in the arts through youth programming, indulge in Uptown cuisine with local vendors, have fun with science activities—plus so much more. 

We invite our neighbors surrounding Columbia's campuses in Morningside Heights, West Harlem, Harlem, and Washington Heights as well as Columbia affiliates to partake in this day of celebration. 

More Stories

We are so proud of the accomplishments of Columbia's graduates and here are 15 photos to prove it.

We're keeping track of the Columbia Lions who are headed to the Paris Olympics to compete this summer. Here's who to watch out for. 

The Campbell Award is presented to a graduating student at each School who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit.

With graduation festivities around the corner, here's who we expect to speak to our graduates in celebration of their accomplishments.

The night of May 15, the Empire State Building will glow blue for Columbia grads. Here’s where to capture the best photos with it.

Porras-Sanchez discusses using social work for community impact and what graduation represents for him.

We asked graduating students about their time at Columbia and the advice they'd give to the next generations—here is what they shared.

Based on feedback from students, the University has decided to focus attention on Class Days and school-level graduation ceremonies, and to forego

Abbey Hsu (CC'24) and Kaitlyn Davis (CC'23) were both selected in the 2024 WNBA Draft, the first two selections in Columbia women's basketball hist

On April 8, Columbians gathered on Morningside campus to witness a partial solar eclipse.

The conversation focused on the task force’s first report and the experiences of Jews and Israelis at Columbia.

Learn about her passion for astroparticle physics, why she donated her guitar, and what extreme sport she would like to do—again.