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Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

Multicultural Affairs 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. Registration for all ceremonies will open in February 2019.

Graduation Cord Presentation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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 the Multicultural Affairs, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 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 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 Reception

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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.

FLI Graduation

Monday, May 20, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The FLI Graduation ceremony is for our students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college and celebrates the experiences of first-generation and low-income (FLI) student achievements . This event provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to recognize the achievements and impact of our 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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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, Black Students Organization, and Black Alumni Council. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.

Raza Graduation

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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.  Raza Graduation is co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life, Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University, Raza Graduation Committee, and numerous student organizations. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life. 

Native Graduation

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 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 Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and Native American Council. Support is provided by Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life.

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