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 about 260 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 Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, check out our selection of great quotes from Columbia graduation addresses below.
Leave your words of wisdom for the Class of 2018 by sharing a Grad Gram, and have the chance to get your inspiring advice featured on Columbia Alumni Association social media!
Columbia Alumni Medalists are recognized for building Columbia's community—whether regionally, online, in specific schools, or in cross-campus initiatives. Alumni Medalists are honored at University Commencement and each fall at the the Alumni Medalists Gala during Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend.
Learn more about this year's Medalists below:
Today being "crazy busy" is a way of life. Americans are taking less vacation time than ever before, not only to show dedication but also to simply keep up with the demands they face.Read more
I recently posted on Forbes about five lame excuses keeping you from making a career change, and it was based on justifications I hear over and over again from people who say they aspire to do something new but don't follow through to make this happen. You probably know the popular excuses – I don't know where to start, I can't afford the pay cut, it's too late, I don't have enough time, it won't work out anyway – that doom people before they even try.Read more
Nuclear war. Jimmy Kimmel. Lionel Richie. What do these things have in common? Dr. Irwin Redlener. Columbia's Acacia O'Connor takes you inside the doctor's office on this episode of The Low Down.
Redlener is director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at The Earth Institute, co-founder -- along with Paul Simon -- of Children's Health Fund, a professor of health policy and management, and professor of pediatrics at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center. He works the biggest of big issues: from hurricanes and the refugee crisis to access to health care and education. He recently wrote a memoir, The Future of Us, published by Columbia University Press.