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Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) collaborates with student organizations 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.

Dates and additional event information will be published below as details are confirmed.

Graduation Cord Presentation

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.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a cultural 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 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. 

Asian Graduation

Asian Graduation is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of our graduating Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi 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. As they prepare for Commencement, graduating students are presented at the reception with a gift to wish them continued success in their future endeavors. 

Latino Graduation

Latino/a Graduation has a long standing history within the University and is a celebration of the accomplishments of CC/SEAS and Barnard Latino graduates. Latino Graduation was first initiated by students who wanted the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role that Latino students have played in shaping the landscape of Columbia.  Latino Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University, University Development and Alumni Relations, the Barnard College Activities Office and the Latino Graduation Committee.

Black Graduation

This 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.

Native Graduation

Native Graduation is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Native American Council. This 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 alumni.

Multicultural Affairs


510 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-9801

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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