2020 Graduates

Graduates of 2020, this is your page. Please bookmark it and check it periodically.

Message from the GSAS Alumni Association Board

Lindsay Leard-CoolidgeGraduation is a moment of great pride and, although this graduation is not how you imagined it, it is more than ever a time to feel extraordinarily proud. The accomplishment of earning a master’s degree or PhD from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University is a truly profound accomplishment. It is with this sentiment that on behalf of the GSAS Alumni Board, I would like to wish all of you a heartfelt Congratulations. We are proud of you and everything that you have achieved.

As students you have excelled in intellectual discourse, unparalleled research, and the highest academic standards, and as professionals in your various fields you will continue this level of excellence. You are now part of an extraordinary alumni community to which I welcome you, and in which I encourage you to actively participate. My time at Columbia was one of the most memorable periods of my life. My professors and peers at GSAS taught me the power of critical thinking, which has shaped my life personally and professionally as a curator, educator, and now as a board member. Volunteering with the alumni association has been most rewarding and I encourage all of you to stay connected with our vibrant Columbia community.

Please take great pleasure and pride in your Columbia degrees. Your professional accomplishments have just begun and we know that all of you will make this uncertain world a far better place.


Lindsay Leard-Coolidge (’92PhD, Art History and Archaeology)
President, GSAS Alumni Association Board of Directors

Celebrations of Your Commencement

Convocation and University Commencement can together comprise the crowning moment of your education at Columbia. These are emotional touchstones you may think about for the rest of your life, and we are heartbroken that the pandemic has prevented you from celebrating these achievements in person together with your peers, friends, and families.

2020 Convocation

We acknowledge that the virtual Convocation and Commencement ceremonies will not do justice to your accomplishments at Columbia, and we appreciate your understanding as we had to move rapidly to online events. We recognize that this was not the ceremony you had hoped to share with your family and friends. Please know that we are equally disappointed. We hope you will participate in this year’s ceremony, and return to be honored next year.

How to View the Virtual Celebrations

GSAS Convocation

The virtual ceremony will become accessible on Sunday, May 17 and will be available for one year. A link to the virtual ceremony will be provided via email. We encourage you to share this link with your friends and family. The virtual ceremony will also be accessible from the homepage of the GSAS website.

Columbia University Commencement

The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 266th academic year will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EDT via webcast. Graduates from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University, as well as family and friends, are encouraged to tune in to the celebration. An archived video of the ceremony and digital program will be available for viewing shortly after the webcast. Please visit the Commencement Day webpage for more information.

Watch the Empire State Building light up for Columbia graduates on May 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. EDT.

Join Us on Campus for GSAS Convocation in 2021

We will celebrate the achievements of both the 2020 and 2021 classes during the 2021 GSAS Convocation ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, 2021. At these on-campus events, graduates from 2020 will have their names called and cross the stage in full regalia, and their friends and family are invited to attend. We hope you will be able to join us. More information on how to participate will be shared in early April 2021 on our website.

Keep in Touch

To ensure that you receive updates about the 2021 Convocation ceremonies and other GSAS events, please share your contact information. We will also publish updates for alumni in the GSAS LinkedIn group.

As alumni of GSAS, you will begin to receive the quarterly GSAS Newsletter, and we hope you will gsas-alumni [at] columbia.edu (share your successes) with us.

Do not forget to arrange for your student email account to be converted into a Columbia University alumni account and update your contact information with the University.

Graduate Career Development

Please take a moment to join the GSAS LinkedIn group.

Career Counseling

Graduates whose degrees are conferred in 2020 will have full access to GSAS career services, including one-on-one career counseling, through the next academic year (2020-2021).

Networking Events

The GSAS Alumni Association is planning a series of networking events exclusively for 2020 graduates. Information about virtual and in-person networking events will appear here.

The CAA offers networking opportunities with alumni across Columbia University through its CU there! series. You must sign up here to receive invitations to these events.

Your New Network

The GSAS Alumni Association plans events for GSAS alumni and students throughout the year.

You are also part of a Columbia University alumni network of over 350,000. Connect with alumni of all schools through events around the world as well as local clubs and shared interest groups organized by the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for Columbia alumni of all schools.

The popular CU there! series, including the brand new Summer of CAA, will continue this summer. Sign up here to receive invitations to these events.

Access to University Facilities

Please find here a collection of links to University facilities you may wish to continue to access.