Multicultural Affairs Community Graduations

Registration Deadline to Reserve Regalia: Sun., March 26
Note: Receipt of regalia (stole, medallion, pin, and/or tassel) for graduates registering after this date will be determined on availability and is not guaranteed

Registration Deadline to Participate in Ceremonies: Sun., April 30

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) works in conjunction with a range of student organizations, alumni shared interest groups, and administrative offices to organize Multicultural Graduation Celebrations. 

These campus traditions complement Class Days and Commencement ceremonies and provide a more intimate setting for students who self-identify in a variety of ways. These events invite community members to reflect on personal growth and community experiences that have impacted their time as students through to graduation.

Please see below for information on registering to attend the ceremonies offered this year as well as how to request each ceremony's corresponding regalia items.


These ceremonies are co-sponsored by GS Student Life, Barnard Student Experience and Engagement (SEE), and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. All undergraduate students and their guests are invited to participate in these celebrations.

Note: Graduates and guests must register separately.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Event Details

Disability Affinity Graduation Celebration

Sat., April 22
Timing to be announced

Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cord Ceremony

Tues., May 2, 2 - 4 p.m. 

Lavender (LGBTQIA+) Graduation Celebration

Wed., May 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Asian Graduation Celebration

Thurs., May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

FLI (First-Generation and/or Low Income) Graduation Celebration

Mon., May 15, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Black Graduation Celebration

Tues., May 16, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Latinx Graduation Celebration

Tues., May 16, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Jewish Life Graduation Celebration

Wed., May 17, 12:30 p.m.

Native Graduation Celebration

Wed., May 17, 2 - 4 p.m.

Please note that to receive regalia accessories (stole, medallion, pin, and/or tassels), graduates must register by Sun., March 26

Graduates who miss this deadline are still encouraged to attend the ceremony, and must register by Sun., April 30

Graduate Registration

Nominate Seniors for a Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cord

Nomination Deadline: Sun., March 26

The Multicultural Affairs 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 inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through Multicultural Affairs programs, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication. Cords will be presented at a ceremony on Tues., May 2 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Nominate a senior for a graduation cord and visit the application page for a full list of nomination criteria. 

In the coming weeks, look out for opportunities to nominate peers (or yourself!) to be senior speakers at our various graduation events as well.