Columbia Traditions

Trees on College Walk

Columbia Traditions

Columbia moments: they happen because of the people who come here and because of our history.  They happen because this city is part of us and we are part of it.  Completely unique to each student yet, oh so Columbia. They could only happen here.

2015 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Ben Horowitz '88CC, cofounder and partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’92CC.

2014 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Jon Oringer '99SEAS, founder and chief executive officer of Shutterstock Inc. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman '89CC.

Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering graduation ceremonies to feature prominent alumni speakers.

Into the Columbia Blue (youtube video)

Go ahead, dive in and discover what it's like to be an undergraduate student at Columbia University in the City of New York, from the people

“My favorite tradition is attending the annual Varsity Show – this student-run musical production truly encompasses the spirit of Columbia: witty, brilliant, quirky and just a tiny bit sassy.”

Columbia's 10th Annual World Leaders Forum

Guests include Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.

Hungama, a mock Pakistani wedding, is held by Columbia’s Organization of Pakistani Students to celebrate a Pakistani cultural tradition (youtube video)

Hungama, a mock Pakistani wedding, is held by Columbia’s Organization of Pakistani Students to celebrate a Pakistani cultural tradition
“My favorite Columbia tradition is the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Not only is it beautiful to see the trees illuminated all winter, but there is something about the entire student body huddling on College Walk on a freezing night, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, listening to the Deans speak and watching our talented classmates perform that truly symbolizes the community we have on campus.”

Stephanie G.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon addresses the Columbia Community at the World Leaders Forum (youtube video)

Every year global figures, such as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speak to the Columbia community thanks to our proximity to the United Nations
“Fall break coincides with Election Day every year--for a purpose. I love that Columbia has a holiday on this weekend not just for its employees and their own voting rights but so students can become politically engaged. Columbia wants to help its students engage not just with ideas but also with the outside world so they can become effective intellectuals. That's what I love most about this tradition and this school: it cultivates active nerds.”

Marybeth S.

Students Produce 124th Varsity Show

The full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.