13 Photos Encapsulating Back-to-School Joy as Columbia Students Enter the Fall Semester

From convocation and move-in to family goodbyes, a silent disco, and white coat ceremonies, the fall semester is off to a joyous start. 

Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly and Jennifer Pellerito
September 20, 2022

Ah, back-to-school season. New and returning Columbia students are on campus and the fall semester is now in full swing. Take a look back at the flurry of activity that ushered in the new academic year.

From move-in to the New Student Orientation Program, Convocation, Welcome Home Columbia activities, and white coat ceremonies, there has been a lot to celebrate this August and September. Here's just a snapshot of what has happened over the past month. 

A family with a minivan moves in a Columbia student to their dorm.
Students take a photo with Barnard balloons under the gates.
A student jumps on their dorm bed to show off an element of the wall decor.
Students pose in front of Zankel Hall at Teachers College during Orientation. Photo by Kevin Chiu.
A taxi drives away amid a College WAlk lined with balloons.
A crowd of students enters the tent for Convocation.
President Bollinger stands at a podium to address the Class of 2026 at Convocation.

In his remarks during New Student Orientation, President Bollinger offered seven pieces of advice to the newly initiated members of the Columbia community.

A man hugs his child goodbye at Convocation.
Butler Lawn teems with students on a sunny day.
Columbia undergraduate students pose in front of Butler Library during the New Student Orientation program.
Columbia students wave noise makers in the air,
Students wear headphones and shake glow sticks on Columbia's campus.