Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies


The Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion (ODCI), The Black & Latinx Student Caucus (BLSC), Advocates for Asian American Health (AAAH) and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) are pleased to support the Mailman School of Public Health Students of Color (SOC) Graduation Celebration. SOC graduation ceremonies have long been held at Columbia University and other leading academic institutions to celebrate the contributions made by students of color to the advancement of scholarship, leadership, service, and community development. Columbia’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has hosted similar ceremonies for undergraduate students. However, the Columbia Mailman School’s SOC Graduation Ceremony is the first to be held for the school’s graduate and doctoral students of color. 

The Lavender Graduation Celebration is a special ceremony for LGBTQIA+ students at Columbia Mailman to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at the School. In collaboration with Student Health Services and Queer Health Task Force (QHTF), the Lavender Celebration holds space to highlight community members anually and congratulate them on the completion of their degrees.


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