Announcement

Message from President Bailey

Dear TC students:

As we begin a new semester, I want to share with you the College’s plans for Convocation. Much as I wish that we could be together in person, public health considerations mean that it simply is not safe to do so yet. As a result, we are planning a meaningful, joyful set of virtual celebrations this spring to honor your incredible achievement. We cannot wait to celebrate you.

But please take note: While in-person celebrations of your accomplishments have been deferred, they are not canceled. As soon as it is safe to do so, the College will host celebrations for the classes of 2020 and 2021 in New York City and other locations around the world to which you can invite your families. We will stay in close touch with graduates to keep you informed about dates and locations for these celebrations.

In the meanwhile, please mark your calendars for what I promise will be a wonderful celebration of all of our graduates. We will kick off the week of April 26, 2021 with a series of fascinating, in-depth conversations between recipients of the 2020 Medal for Distinguished Service and members of the TC faculty and then on Thursday, April 29, 2021, we will host the actual Convocation ceremony. I hope you will be able to watch all the programming but especially the ceremony with your family and friends and take a moment to feel the pride that we feel for you and your classmates.

Students will begin to receive additional information about virtual Convocation activities in the coming days. In the meantime, students who plan to graduate this Spring can reach out to the Convocation Office with any questions they may have at convocation@tc.columbia.edu.

While all the COVID-related decisions the College has made since March 2020 have been difficult, deciding to host online Convocation ceremonies for the 2020 and 2021 classes has been heartbreaking.

I look forward to the day when the classes of 2020 and 2021 are celebrated in person with your family and friends present.

Warm regards,

Tom Bailey Signature

Convocation 2021 Ribbon and Medal
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