Honor Cords

Select groups of graduating students will be wearing honor cords during Class Day, University Commencement, and other Columbia graduation ceremonies. The honors are listed below and will be denoted in the GS Class Day program.

Office of Multicultural Affairs | Navy Blue and White Cord

Nomination Deadline: Sun., March 26

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the OMA Graduation Cords are given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication. Cords will be distributed at a special ceremony.

Students, faculty, and staff may nominate any graduating senior in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, or the School of General Studies.

Nomination Form

U.S. Military Service Recognition | Red, White, and Blue Cord

Students graduating from Columbia University who serve, have served, or will be serving after graduation in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to wear an honor cord at Commencement Week ceremonies in recognition of their service to our country.

GS Leadership | Green and White Cord

The GS Leadership Cords are awarded to students who have received a Service Award, Spirit Award, Change Agent Award, Dean’s Citation, Alumni Key Award, or Campbell Award during their time at the School of General Studies.

Dual and Joint Degree Programs | Red and Silver Cord

The GS Dual & Joint Degree Program Cords are awarded to graduates of the Dual and Joint Degree Programs with Sciences Po, Tel Aviv University, Trinity College Dublin, City University of Hong Kong, and List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Program for Academic Leadership and Service | Navy Blue Stole

The Program for Academic Leadership and Service (PALS) provides access to a Columbia undergraduate education for students who have a demonstrated commitment to leadership and service.

Senior Marshals | Gold Aiguillettes

Senior Marshals are members of the graduating class who have been selected to lead the class procession.

LGBTQIA+ Leadership | Rainbow Tassel

Lavender Graduation is an LGBTQIA+ leadership award ceremony for Columbia and Barnard students, faculty, and staff.