A live Web cast of commencement begins at 9:00 a.m.
More than 30,000 students, alumni, faculty and guests will gather at Columbia's Morningside
campus for the main commencement exercises on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (campus maps). University President Lee C.
Bollinger, who began his Columbia tenure in June 2002 shortly before
the arrival of this graduating class, will deliver the commencement address, following tradition.
Congratulations to the Class of 2006.
The day is the capstone experience for
undergraduate and graduate students who have worked tirelessly in
pursuit of academic excellence.
The University will grant six honorary degrees and present the University Medal for Excellence as part of the ceremony (full
text). This year's honorary degree recipients are
a diverse group of leaders from academia, medicine, politics and finance. They are Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas (English, Spanish), prominent Cuban human rights organizer and director of the Varela
Project; Maya Lin, the architect famous for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Irving Weissman, distinguished cell biologist famous for his pioneering
work on stem cells; Kenneth Chenault, chair and chief executive officer of The American Express Co.; Columbia Professor of Applied Mathematics Emeritus Chia-Kun Chu; and
prominent professor and historian Gerda Lerner.
Sallie Krawcheck, Citigroup chief financial officer, will receive the University Medal for Excellence.
Columbia also will award 10 Alumni
Medals for outstanding work on behalf of Alma Mater. Joining the rolls
of distinguished honorees are Joseph Anthony Ciccio Jr. (SEAS'79,
Dental'83); Bernard Goldman (CC'46, SEAS'47, Journalism'48); Edward T.C. Lau (Business'73); Barbara Voorhis Levy (GS'48); Susan A. Nayowith (SSW'84); Renan Pierre (CC'86,
SEAS'87); Clyde E."Skip" Rankin III (SIPA'74, Law'75); Wendy Supovitz Reilly (Barnard'63); Alan M. Silberstein (SEAS'69); and P. Roy Vagelos (P&S'54, Hon. Sc.D.'90). A complete
list of medalists and their bios is available online.
Each year, the University bestows Presidential Teaching Awards to its faculty. Awardees this year are Melissa D. Begg, professor of clinical biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics;
Marc L. Dickstein, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology; Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Department of History;
Laurie S. Hodrick, professor of finance and economics, Graduate School of Business; and Nikolaus Wolcz, associate professor of professional practice, School of the Arts.
For directions, credential
requirements, media tickets or complete information on individual
school ceremonies, visit the official 2006 Commencement Web site.