Behind the Scenes Photos: The Making of Columbia Commencement 2021

As April 30 quickly approaches, we're taking a look at the process of filming and preparing for this year's virtual Commencement, celebrating the Class of 2021. 

Kelly Moffitt
April 14, 2021

Commencement preparations may look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean there isn't a flurry of activity taking place on Columbia's campuses in anticipation of and preparation for April 30th's virtual Commencement. Throughout the month of April, filming has occurred across Columbia's campuses to put together a great celebration of our graduates even though we can't all be together at the same place at this time.

Rudy Rodriguez (GS'20), the Associate Director of Technology in the Office of the President, is the de facto multimedia producer for Commencement and has been capturing photos from behind-the-scenes of filming the whole month long. Scroll through his snaps below and see if you can identify all the places on campus where portions of the ceremony are being filmed.

And don't forget to bookmark the broadcast page for Commencement 2021, streaming at 10:30 a.m. on April 30!

Through the Looking Glass

A close-up of a high-end camera in front of Butler Library.

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey Takes the Stage

A filming setup of a Columbia dean.

The Best Kind of 'Flat Stanley'

Cardboard cutouts of Lee C. Bollinger and Columbia deans.

Capturing the Perfect Shot

A stand-in poses in front of a stained glass window while being filmed.

An Iconic Frame

Filming under a tent in front of Low Library.

A Socially-Distanced Serenade

A Columbia singing group stands six feet apart on the steps of Low Library.