Campus & Community

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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. 

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6 Things to Know About Commencement 2024 and Graduation Season at Columbia

As daffodils pop out of the ground and magnolias start to bloom, so too grows our excitement to celebrate the Class of 2024. May 15 marks a historic first for Columbia: two University Commencement ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the evening, allowing for ample time to recognize our growing student body and community.

However, Commencement does not stand alone. While May 15 may mark the largest celebration of Columbia's graduates, the day is also surrounded by more than a week of graduation festivities, from class days and multicultural ceremonies to the baccalaureate service and other events.

You may have some questions as we prepare to celebrate, so Columbia News is here to help with six things you should keep in mind this extra special graduation season.


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Solar Eclipse Extravaganza

On April 8, hundreds of Columbians gathered on Low Beach to marvel at the sky while gazing at the solar eclipse, which reached 90% totality in New York City. What a stellar sight to behold!


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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.


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Six Secrets of Low Library

From its Pantheon-inspired dome to its sweeping staircase, Low Library is the beating heart of Columbia’s Morningside campus. Designed by McKim, Mead & White, the architects behind the Brooklyn Museum and Boston Public Library, Low is an iconic nationally recognized landmark. But it is also full of arcane bits of history that would be lost to time were it not for the archivists, geologists, and other curious minds who have dug up pieces of its past.

Here are six things every Columbian should know about Low (including a handy tip should you need a rescue from its historic single-occupancy elevator). 


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Earth Day 2024

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From the "Haverstraw Earth Day Arts and Science Festival" to "Climate & Environmental Justice: A Discussion of NYC’s Plans," find a variety of events to focus on climate on and around Earth Day on Saturday, April 19.

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The goal is to foster a community where debates are rooted in academic rigor and civil discourse through work that includes professional developmen

What stories grabbed the attention of our readers in 2023? The results may surprise you.

Take a look back at some of the visual highlights of 2023 from the Columbia community. 

Fifteen faculty from across Columbia have agreed to take on this urgently needed work.

Daniela Palacios (CC'26) offers monthly bilingual readings and activities as part of Saturday Science on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. 

Hundreds of students turned out on November 30 for Columbia’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

On November 30, leaders from Columbia and Princeton joined together to share their strategies and recommendations for discussing complex, charged t

From playoff wins to Rhodes Scholarships and a globe-spanning public health center, Columbians had plenty to feel proud of in the month of November

Agwuncha has tips on where in New York to find Nigerian food, and the city’s most vibrant holiday market.

The Benin Bronzes from her ancestral homeland in Nigeria have deeply influenced her creative practice.

This Veterans Day, test your knowledge of the incredible history of veterans on Columbia's campuses. 

Nelson, who eventually plans to pursue an MD-PhD, has plenty of ideas for how students can get involved in campus life.