The Lavender Graduation ceremony 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 1960's, 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 as our graduates prepare to make history of their own.
The Native Graduation ceremony serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends, and members of the Native American and Indigenous Columbia community to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the graduating class.
Latino(a) Graduation has a long standing history within the university and is a celebration of the accomplishments of undergraduate Latino graduates. This Rites of Passage ceremony 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 and Barnard alumni.
The Black Graduation ceremony serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends, and members of the black Columbia community to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the undergraduate graduating class.