Commencement 2020

Celebrate Columbia’s 266th Commencement

On May 20, we’ll come together online to celebrate the Class of 2020 in a ceremony that will be as unique as the time. From New York to California, and from Paris to New Delhi, Beijing and beyond, everyone who wants to honor our brilliant graduates is welcome as we harness the energy and magic of graduation. And there is much to celebrate. 

The Class of 2020 includes more than 11,000 students from Columbia’s 18 schools and affiliates. They come from over 136 different countries, include 191 military veterans, and range in age from a 20-year-old who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, to a 63-year-old, another engineer, who completed a doctoral program. The graduating class also includes 137 medical students who left the University early to join the ranks of frontline workers fighting COVID-19—essential staff who epitomize the values that make the Columbia community shine.

Join us as we celebrate them all. Be sure to  follow Columbia’s social media channels to let us know how you're celebrating. You can use the hashtags #RoarLions2020, #ColumbiaUniversity and tag @columbia. We look forward to sharing this moment with you online.

In the meantime, we are highlighting the achievements of just a few of these accomplished Columbians who are more than ready to face the world.

Roar, Lions, Roar!

The Graduating Class

A Graduate Has Gratitude for the New Life that Columbia Gave Her

An MFA Writing student remembers the double lung transplant that saved her–and so much more.

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JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Get a Virtual Cap

A Columbia degree looks good on you, Class of 2020! No IRL mortarboard? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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Then tag @columbia and use the hashtag #RoarLions2020 for a chance to be featured in the Commencement celebration.

The 2020 Campbell Award Winners

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Meet the Recipients

Every year, the University Trustees and Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) present the Campbell Award to a graduating student from each school who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by the late Bill Campbell (CC'62, TC'64), Chair Emeritus of the University Trustee and CAA co-founder.