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Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) collaborates with student organizations, alumni groups, and other offices to organize multicultural graduation ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have engaged in one or many of Columbia's diverse communities.

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Graduation Cord Presentation

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
2 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the OMA graduation cords are given to graduating seniors in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and the School of General Studies who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication. Nominations are due Friday, April 1.

Asian Graduation Reception

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Asian Graduation is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of our graduating Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American communities on campus. In collaboration with the Columbia Alumni Association and the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, we honor the legacies of heritages and histories, the voices that have individually and collectively impacted the University, and the invaluable network of shared strength and support among fellow Columbians – past and present. Asian Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, Columbia Alumni Association, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Support is provided by Barnard Student Life and GS Student Life. Register to participate. 

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5 P.M. - 7 P.M.

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that celebrates our graduating LGBTQ and allied students. First started at the University of Michigan in 1995, the ceremony is now conducted at hundreds of universities nationwide including Princeton, Duke, MIT, and NYU. The color lavender, adopted by the gay movement in the 1960s, is the main color of Sayville (Gayville), NY. Sayville is near Fire Island, where the veterans of Stonewall hung out. This history of New York is honored during the ceremony. Lavender Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Lavender Grad planning committee, Columbia Pride (alumni group), and Columbia Alumni Association. Support is provided by Barnard Student Life and GS Student Life. Register to participate. 

Black Graduation

Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:30 P.M. - 5 P.M. (Please note this new time)

Black Graduation serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends, and members of the Columbia community to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the undergraduate graduating class. This ceremony has a long standing history within the University and is a celebration of the accomplishments of Columbia and Barnard Black undergraduate graduates. Originally through the Black Students Organization, Black Graduation was first initiated by students who wanted the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role that Black students have played in shaping the landscape of Columbia. Black Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Students Organization, Black Alumni Council, and Columbia Alumni Association. Support is provided by Barnard Student Life and GS Student Life. Register to participate. 

Raza Graduation (formerly Latino Graduation)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
8:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Raza Graduation (formerly known as Latino Graduation) has a long-standing history within the university of celebrating the accomplishments of our undergraduate Latinx graduates, as well as recognizing the role that Latinx students have played in shaping Columbia’s landscape.  This ceremony provides an intimate setting for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends to honor  the graduates, in addition to welcoming them into their important roles as Barnard and Columbia alumni.  Raza Graduation is co-sponsored by the CC/SEAS Multicultural Affairs, the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University, the Raza Graduation Committee, and numerous student organizations. Additional support is provided by Barnard Student Life and GS Student Life. . Register to participate.

Native Graduation

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (please note this new date)
2 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Native Graduation provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates while embracing their new important roles as Columbia alumni. This ceremony is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native American Council, and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Support is provided by GS Student Life. Register to participate.

Commencement Countdown

until graduation!

2016 Ceremony Dates & Times

Engineering Class Day (SEAS)
Monday, May 16, 2016
5:00–7:30 p.m.

Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

University Commencement
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.