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.
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.
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.
Presented by Multicultural Affairs, the OMA 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 inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.