Columbia Commencement in Morningside Heights
The Class of 2018, a diverse group of some 16,000 men and women, receives degrees on May 16. They come from more than 100 different countries, and they range in age from 16 to 69.
Alondra Nelson Columbia Dean of Social Sciences

Photo by Jörg Meyer

Alondra Nelson was an eight-year-old when the television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots aired in 1977 to an audience of 130 million people. “We knew it was very important,” she said. “My parents were fairly strict about bedtimes and television time, but allowed us to stay up until 11 pm for eight nights.”


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