Graduation is just around the corner, and soon we will be welcoming a new class of Columbians to the alumni community.
Columbia's Commencement program dates back 258 years, and the iconic Morningside campus outdoor ceremony began in 1926. By tradition, the commencement speaker is the university president, while many of the schools within Columbia have keynote speakers at their individual ceremonies -- and most give that distinction only to alumni.
From President Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, check out our hand-picked selection of the best quotes from recent Columbia graduation addresses below, and leave your words of wisdom for the next class of graduates by sharing a Grad Gram here.
Dear fellow alumni,
I wanted to share with you the sad news that Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC has passed away. As an outstanding alum, a University trustee, former Chair of the Trustees, football coach, and a devoted fan and supporter of our students and athletics, Bill had a vision and tireless energy that helped shape our University. He embodied what we all should feel—that Columbia is an incredibly special place.