When and Where to Capture the Empire State Building Lit Up Blue for Columbia Grads in 2023
The night of May 17, the Empire State Building will glow blue and white for Commencement. Here’s where to capture the best photos with it.
Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly and Jennifer Pellerito
April 12, 2023
It’s a Columbia Commencement tradition not to be missed: On the night of May 17, from sunset until 2:00 a.m. (EDT), the top of New York’s iconic Empire State Building will light up in blue and white to honor Columbia’s graduates.
But where best to capture photos of and with the Empire State building? We asked the expert: University Photographer Eileen Barroso, who has been taking pictures of Columbia grads with the building for years and years.