Columbia University to Offer Graduation Ceremonies Based on Race, Income and More

Columbia University has announced that in addition to its standard graduation ceremonies, it will this year be offering “Multicultural Graduation Celebrations, which provide a more intimate setting for students who self-identify in a variety of ways,” according to the school’s website.

Columbia’s website further states that “These events invite community members to reflect on personal growth and community experiences that have impacted their time as students through to graduation,” adding that “All students are invited to participate in these celebrations.”


Ceremonies will be held for students who identify as Native, Asian, LGBTQ, Latinx, Black, and FLI (first generation and/or low income community.)

The celebrations are scheduled to take place virtually between mid and late April, and will be posted online afterwards.

The school’s announcement led to immediate criticism from those who feel this will only serve to segregate students.

In response to the criticism, Columbia University clarified on Twitter that these Multicultural Graduation Celebrations will “exist in addition to, not instead of, University-wide commencement and individual school Class Days,” while also stating that most of these ceremonies were initiated by students and alumni.

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