Columbia University Commencement 2022

May 20, 2022

On May 18 Columbia University hosted the first in-person Commencement ceremony in three years.  The Class of 2022 includes more than 14,400 students from 21 Columbia schools and affiliates.

CAA Co-Chair Michelle Estilo Kaiser ’87CC, ’92PH, ’97VPS had the opportunity to personally welcome them to the alumni community. 

The ceremony also honored the 2022 Alumni Medalists, and Jodi Kantor received an honorary degree, alongside other distinguished recipients, including Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The event closed with a Tribute to the Class of 2022 with an Empire State of Mind and the Empire State Building glowed Columbia Blue that night.

Empire State Building in Blue

The next day, May 19, alumni community members from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 were invited back to campus for an in-person celebration of their commencements, which had been held virtually.  CAA Co-Chair Mary Kuo ’92CC finally had the opportunity to welcome them to the alumni community in person. 

She then introduced Tom Kitt ’96CC and Brandon Victor Dixon ’07CC performing “Oh, Columbia,” Tom’s song gifted to the graduating classes during their virtual commencements. This year’s rendition was memorable, and the graduates were now able to experience it together.

Watch "Oh, Columbia"

Watch the Class of 2022 Full Cermony

Watch the Class of 2020 and 2021 Celebration

Join us in officially welcoming them all to the alumni community!