Congratulations, Class of 2020!

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Although circumstances prevent us from meeting in a shared physical space now, we have invited the entire Columbia community to gather here, in this virtual space, to celebrate your achievements.

Your online celebration is designed so that you can customize your experience and host your own ceremonies remotely. You can use the downloadable guide to navigate the site, explore content, or make your own ceremony sequence. Whatever experience you choose, know that we are here too, cheering you on.


  • National Anthem

    The 2019 Commencement Choir, directed by Mr. Walter Owens, performs the National Anthem and Lift Every Voice and Sing.

  • Lift Every Voice & Sing

    Columbia faculty and staff form a virtual choir to sing James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing.

  • From the Alumni Board

    Jeff Kinney ‘87, President of the National Alumni Board, congratulates and welcomes the class of 2020 into the Alumni community.

  • Student Voices

    Students who traveled to Chicago from around the globe form a collective narrative to share their transformative experiences at Columbia.

  • Celebration Remarks

    Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago, delivers an inspirational speech to the class of 2020.

  • Conferral of Degrees

    The presentation and conferral of master’s and bachelor’s degrees by Provost Marcella David and President Kwang-Wu Kim.

Social Media

Share your good news on social media by using our 2020 graduates Facebook frame, an Instagram badge for your profile photos, and a shareable announcement graphic. Use #ColumbiaChi2020 and #ColumAlum and tag @ColumbiaChi.


This modified program is intended as a tribute to our students’ accomplishments in completing their programs of study. Hopefully it will also serve as a memento of your shared experiences as members of the graduating class of 2020.


Student Stories

Each graduating student has a story to tell about their journey. Here are just a few of those stories told to inspire others along their educational path.


Manifest 2020

Watch the 2020 Commencement Cut of Manifest Rises and enjoy the exhibition of interactive programs created and curated by nearly 2,000 students. Listen to musical performances and view gallery exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, sketch comedy, and more.


Photo Winner

Andrew Lee ‘20
BA Candidate, Photography

Artist Statement

My work often explores the forms and geometry in my environment. Using abstraction as a way to reframe and reinvigorate my subjects, I make photographs that aim to show the physical world in a different light. I like making magic out of the mundane, and giving new life to everyday objects and structures.

2020 Allen and Lynn Turner Commencement Poetry Competition Winner

Jessica Mascarenhas ‘20
BA Candidate, Fiction

By the Numbers