Multicultural Graduation Programs

Multicultural Affairs works in conjunction with a range of student organizations, alumni shared interest groups and administrative offices to organize Multicultural Graduation Celebrations, which provide a more intimate setting for students who self-identify in a variety of ways. These events invite community members to reflect on personal growth and community experiences that have impacted their time as students through to graduation. All students are invited to participate in these celebrations.

Register for Multicultural Affairs Graduation Celebrations

In honor of Columbia’s diverse student community and complementing the school- and University-wide graduation ceremonies, we are proud to also offer Multicultural Graduation CelebrationsStudents can find more information and register for the following ceremonies:

Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cords

Nominate a senior for a graduation cord by Friday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Please visit the application page for a full list of nomination criteria. 

Presented by Multicultural Affairs, the Multicultural Affairs graduation cords are given to graduating seniors in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and School of General Studies who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism through Multicultural Affairs, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors and/or personal dedication.

Worn in the various graduation celebrations, the graduation cords are also a powerful visual symbol of our new graduates’ ongoing commitment as alumni in continuing and sharing the office's mission of supporting personal development, advancing the strength within communities, acknowledging diversity in the different aspects of their lives, working toward social justice, honoring our different and intersecting legacies of struggle and survival and building meaningful coalitions across different identities.

Multicultural Affairs


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