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Black Graduation

Black Graduation is an annual event for family, friends and members of the Columbia community to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the University’s Black undergraduate graduating class. Black Graduation is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and Black Students’ Organization (BSO). Support is provided by Columbia’s Black Alumni Council, Barnard Student Life and GS Student Life.

Welcome from BSO’s Black Graduation Committee

Welcome to the webpage for the Class of 2020’s Black Graduation! The Black Columbia Class of 2020 has voted that the theme of its graduation be 2020 Vision: The Future Is Black. 

Black Students’ Organization’s Black Grad 2020 Committee has worked year-round on organizing activities for our seniors, as well as presenting this year’s Senior Awards. The Black Grad 2020 Committee has been led by Tiffany Loncke BC’20, Maya Matthews CC’20, Ciana Montero BC’20, Anthony Ortega SEAS’21, Ronald Smith SEAS’20, Brianna Sturkey BC’20, Iman Sule CC’20 and BSO Senior Chair Toni Lynn Woods Maignan Jr. CC’20. Congratulations to the Black Columbia Class of 2020!

Black Graduation Speakers

                                                                                                                                                     

Toni Lynn Woods Maignan Jr. CC’20

Senior Chair, Black Students’ Organization

 

Maya Matthews CC’20

Senior Speaker

 

Mario Van Peebles CC78, P: CC’16, CC’20

Film Director and Actor
Alumni Speaker

Tribute to the Black Columbia Class of 2020

BSO’s Senior Awards

Below are the recipients of the Class of 2020 Senior Awards, presented by the Columbia University Black Students’ Organization. Congratulations to all the winners!

Outstanding Leadership Award: Kai Tinsley SEAS’20 and Sabina Thomas SEAS’20

This award recognizes graduating seniors who have exemplified incredible leadership during the past four years through dedication to enhancing the Black community and to Columbia as a whole.

Commitment to Community Award: Charlene Adhiambo CC’20

The recipient of this award is a graduating senior who has worked to strengthen the Black community at Columbia. This could be accomplished through, but not limited to, unwavering commitment to relationship building, programming or creating a vision for the future. This person should be someone dedicated to bringing people together for the purposes of unity, organizing and fellowship.

Ray of Sunshine Award: Tosin Sanusi SEAS’20

The recipient of this award must be someone who displays kindness to their classmates and to the community. As genuine compassion is worthy of celebration, we recognize the graduating senior who best exemplifies this trait.

Inclusion and Advocacy Award: Galen Hawkins CC’20 and Rosalyn Huff CC’20

This award recognizes graduating seniors who have promoted social justice and/or fostered understanding among diverse constituencies at Columbia, through valuing diversity and appreciating multiple identities. Recipients might have advocated for the Black community and other communities they are a part of, gaining better resources, access and recognition on campus.

Athletic Achievement Award: Daniel Igbokwe CC’20 and Iman Sule CC’20

This award recognizes the sportsmanship and dedication of the selected graduating seniors. New this year, this award honors the amazing athleticism of the graduating class.

Artistic Achievement Award: Semira Brown CC’20

This award recognizes the artistry and creativity of a graduating senior. This may be, but is not limited to, digital arts, graphic arts, literature, music and the performing arts.

Community Allyship Award: LinDon Harris CC’20 and Hannah Adeoye CC’20

The recipients of this award must have bridged another community with the Black community on campus. It recognizes allyship in the form of collaboration, service and/or advocacy. Such collaboration extends to engagement with the Harlem community, as well.

The Legacy Award: Sabina Tyler Monica Jones CC’20

This award recognizes a graduating senior who has left an indelible mark on the Black community and Columbia at large, in the form of advocacy, support services, community building and/or being a positive change agent.

Overcoming Adversity Award: The Phenomenal Black Columbia Class of 2020

This award, which usually recognizes a graduating senior who, despite significant hardship(s), has made it through their time at Columbia, is being presented to all graduates this year given the unprecedented circumstances faced by all. Hardships might be, but are not limited to, taking longer than is traditional to graduate, losing a family member, facing significant financial hardship and so forth. The committee recognizes the tenacity of the entire Black Columbia Class of 2020.

Faculty/Staff Award: Farah Jasmine Griffin, Chair, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies; and Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies

This award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has exhibited an unwavering commitment to Black students in their work at Columbia University.

Getting involved with the Black Alumni Council

Welcome to the Black Alumni Council! Stay up to date on upcoming events and opportunities to connect with fellow members of the Columbia community:

BAC Virtual Trivia Night is coming up, on Saturday, May 30! Register here 

We also invite you to reach out to us directly at BAC@alumniclubs.columbia.edu. Congratulations! 

Black Graduation Graduates

Afua Addo CC'20Stephanie Garcia Sosa BC'20Briana Lee BC'20Samantha Shih CC'20
Hannah Adeoye CC'20Fredrica George CC'20Tiffany Loncke BC'20Donovan Simpson CC'20
Maria Adetunji BC'20Indigo Ghonima CC'20Maya Joyce Matthews CC'20Michael Smith CC'20
Charlene Adhiambo CC'20Valentine Gikunda CC'20Nicole Cynthia Mbithe SEAS'20Sofia Smith CC'20
Abena Adom-Oduro CC'20Tameka Gosine CC'20Marley Antonia McAliley CC'20Dagmawi Sraj SEAS'20
Olamiposi Akinsooto CC'20Kelsey Gray SEAS'20Yasmeen Metellus CC'20Kennedy Stacy CC'20
Jarielle Isaac BC'20Daileny Guerrero BC'20Ciana Montero BC'20Brianna Sturkey BC'20
Keziah Anderson CC'20Nehemie Guillomaitre SEAS'20Summer Motton BC'20Iman Sule CC'20
Aissata Ba BC'20Hajirah Gumanneh BC'20Mason Murray CC'20Patrick Tapé CC'20
Marie Bain CC'20Maya Hamlet BC'20Salma Nakhlawi BC'20Stella-Noella Tetero SEAS'20
Alpha Barry CC'20Vanessa Hansen-Quartey SEAS'20Marisa Ngbemeneh SEAS'20Maymouna Thiam BC'20
Salem Belay CC'20Madison Harden CC'20Gozie Nwachukwu CC'20Sabina Thomas SEAS'20
Ashby Bland CC'20LinDon Harris CC'20Christopher Uchenna Obiozor SEAS'20Michael Thomas CC'20
Nannette Boakye CC'20Galen Hawkins CC'20Kristina Ohemeng CC'20Taylor Thompson BC'20
Michelle Bolt CC'20Flor Hodge CC'20Victor Ohene CC'20Kai Tinsley SEAS'20
Morgan Brown CC'20Rosalyn Huff CC'20Feyisikemi Olumide-Fusika BC'20Avah Toomer CC'20
Semira Brown CC'20Rodney Hunter IV CC'20Lolade Omokanwaye SEAS'20Ifechukwude Udeh CC'20
Cesay Camara BC'20Daniel Igbokwe CC'20Anita Onyimah CC'20Ufonobong Umanah CC'20
Aurora Celestin CC'20Corinth Jackson BC'20Bethany Onyirimba CC'20DeAngelo Val CC'20
Janiya Amina Clemmons CC'20Jenilee Jaquez BC'20Leslie Ortiz BC'20Sara Walker BC'20
Annabella Correa-Maynard BC'20Samantha Jean GS'20Caleb Owens CC'20Francesca Walker CC'20
Binta Coulibaly CC'20Isaac Jean-François CC'20Bailey Peacock CC'20Cynthia Juma Welinga BC'20
Christian Cruz CC'20Aaliyah DejaMone’ Johnson BC'20Gabriella Phillip BC'20Paris Wilkerson CC'20
Kyra Dawkins CC'20Elizabeth Johnson SEAS'20Samuel Powell CC'20Brianna Williams CC'20
Christy Dey BC'20Amalya Johnson CC'20Sukanya Pusey BC'20Jalen T. Williams CC'20
Priscilla Reyna Ditren SEAS'20Sabina Tyler Monica Jones CC'20Emma-Inemesit “Inem” Richardson BC'20Bianca Williams-Alonzo CC'20
Edward Ellis CC'20Gabrielle Nicole Jones SEAS'20Isabella Rideau CC'20Krystina Williamson BC'20
Jaedyn Ellis CC'20Chabely Jorge CC'20Renée Roberts CC'20Armani Wilson CC'20
Hagir Elzin BC'20Naledi ya-Meso Kekana BC'20Taylor Roberts-Sampson CC'20Toni Woods Maignan, Jr. CC'20
Olubunmi (Bunmi) Fariyike SEAS'20Marwa Khairy CC'20Luna Ruiz SEAS'20Brittany Wright SEAS'20
Samantha Ferguson CC'20Akesi Kwajan BC'20Maya Sampleton CC'20Shyanne Yellowbird CC'20
Tess Foote CC'20Magdalen Kwarteng BC'20Tosin Sanusi SEAS'20Mahlet Yifru SEAS'20
Daria Forde BC'20Cameron Lee CC'20Kismet Sheldon Collins CC'20

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