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: