Multicultural Affairs collaborates with student organizations, alumni groups and University partners to organize multicultural graduation ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have engaged in one or many of Columbia's diverse communities.
Celebrate the Class of 2020 at our virtual Multicultural Graduations! Access each of our seven ceremonies — the Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cord honors, Asian Graduation, Black Graduation, FLI Graduation, Latinx Graduation, Lavender Graduation and Native Graduation — and join in key traditions, including family and friend tributes to the graduates, photo collages, senior speeches, alumni addresses, award recognitions and more.
Presented by Multicultural Affairs, the Multicultural 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 Multicultural Affairs, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.
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 sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and the Lavender Grad Committee. Support is provided by Columbia Pride (alumni group), Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.
Asian Graduation is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of our graduating Asian (East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian) and Pacific Islander communities on campus. In collaboration with 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 sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life. Support is provided by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.
The FLI Graduation ceremony celebrates students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college or who come from low-income backgrounds. This event provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to recognize the achievements and impact of first-generation and low-income (FLI) students. This ceremony is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life. Support is provided by Columbia First-generation Low-income Alumni Network, Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.
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 sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and Black Students Organization. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.
Latinx Graduation (formerly Raza 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 Columbia and Barnard alumni. Latinx Graduation is co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life, Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University, Latinx Graduation Committee, and numerous student organizations. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.
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 Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and Native American Council. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.