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
Mario Van Peebles CC’78, P: CC’16, CC’20
Film Director and Actor
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:
Join our listserv through the BAC website.
Connect with us on LinkedIn.
Follow us on Facebook.
Follow us on Instagram.
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'20||Stephanie Garcia Sosa BC'20||Briana Lee BC'20||Samantha Shih CC'20|
|Hannah Adeoye CC'20||Fredrica George CC'20||Tiffany Loncke BC'20||Donovan Simpson CC'20|
|Maria Adetunji BC'20||Indigo Ghonima CC'20||Maya Joyce Matthews CC'20||Michael Smith CC'20|
|Charlene Adhiambo CC'20||Valentine Gikunda CC'20||Nicole Cynthia Mbithe SEAS'20||Sofia Smith CC'20|
|Abena Adom-Oduro CC'20||Tameka Gosine CC'20||Marley Antonia McAliley CC'20||Dagmawi Sraj SEAS'20|
|Olamiposi Akinsooto CC'20||Kelsey Gray SEAS'20||Yasmeen Metellus CC'20||Kennedy Stacy CC'20|
|Jarielle Isaac BC'20||Daileny Guerrero BC'20||Ciana Montero BC'20||Brianna Sturkey BC'20|
|Keziah Anderson CC'20||Nehemie Guillomaitre SEAS'20||Summer Motton BC'20||Iman Sule CC'20|
|Aissata Ba BC'20||Hajirah Gumanneh BC'20||Mason Murray CC'20||Patrick Tapé CC'20|
|Marie Bain CC'20||Maya Hamlet BC'20||Salma Nakhlawi BC'20||Stella-Noella Tetero SEAS'20|
|Alpha Barry CC'20||Vanessa Hansen-Quartey SEAS'20||Marisa Ngbemeneh SEAS'20||Maymouna Thiam BC'20|
|Salem Belay CC'20||Madison Harden CC'20||Gozie Nwachukwu CC'20||Sabina Thomas SEAS'20|
|Ashby Bland CC'20||LinDon Harris CC'20||Christopher Uchenna Obiozor SEAS'20||Michael Thomas CC'20|
|Nannette Boakye CC'20||Galen Hawkins CC'20||Kristina Ohemeng CC'20||Taylor Thompson BC'20|
|Michelle Bolt CC'20||Flor Hodge CC'20||Victor Ohene CC'20||Kai Tinsley SEAS'20|
|Morgan Brown CC'20||Rosalyn Huff CC'20||Feyisikemi Olumide-Fusika BC'20||Avah Toomer CC'20|
|Semira Brown CC'20||Rodney Hunter IV CC'20||Lolade Omokanwaye SEAS'20||Ifechukwude Udeh CC'20|
|Cesay Camara BC'20||Daniel Igbokwe CC'20||Anita Onyimah CC'20||Ufonobong Umanah CC'20|
|Aurora Celestin CC'20||Corinth Jackson BC'20||Bethany Onyirimba CC'20||DeAngelo Val CC'20|
|Janiya Amina Clemmons CC'20||Jenilee Jaquez BC'20||Leslie Ortiz BC'20||Sara Walker BC'20|
|Annabella Correa-Maynard BC'20||Samantha Jean GS'20||Caleb Owens CC'20||Francesca Walker CC'20|
|Binta Coulibaly CC'20||Isaac Jean-François CC'20||Bailey Peacock CC'20||Cynthia Juma Welinga BC'20|
|Christian Cruz CC'20||Aaliyah DejaMone’ Johnson BC'20||Gabriella Phillip BC'20||Paris Wilkerson CC'20|
|Kyra Dawkins CC'20||Elizabeth Johnson SEAS'20||Samuel Powell CC'20||Brianna Williams CC'20|
|Christy Dey BC'20||Amalya Johnson CC'20||Sukanya Pusey BC'20||Jalen T. Williams CC'20|
|Priscilla Reyna Ditren SEAS'20||Sabina Tyler Monica Jones CC'20||Emma-Inemesit “Inem” Richardson BC'20||Bianca Williams-Alonzo CC'20|
|Edward Ellis CC'20||Gabrielle Nicole Jones SEAS'20||Isabella Rideau CC'20||Krystina Williamson BC'20|
|Jaedyn Ellis CC'20||Chabely Jorge CC'20||Renée Roberts CC'20||Armani Wilson CC'20|
|Hagir Elzin BC'20||Naledi ya-Meso Kekana BC'20||Taylor Roberts-Sampson CC'20||Toni Woods Maignan, Jr. CC'20|
|Olubunmi (Bunmi) Fariyike SEAS'20||Marwa Khairy CC'20||Luna Ruiz SEAS'20||Brittany Wright SEAS'20|
|Samantha Ferguson CC'20||Akesi Kwajan BC'20||Maya Sampleton CC'20||Shyanne Yellowbird CC'20|
|Tess Foote CC'20||Magdalen Kwarteng BC'20||Tosin Sanusi SEAS'20||Mahlet Yifru SEAS'20|
|Daria Forde BC'20||Cameron Lee CC'20||Kismet Sheldon Collins CC'20|