Recent News from Columbia

April 16, 2021

Why So Virtual?

It wasn’t an easy decision, and we hated to make it. But here are the reasons why in-person Commencement this year would be inadvisable for Columbia.


Two graduates sitting six feet apart and wearing masks.
4 Things to Know About This Year’s Virtual Ceremony

Whether you’re in Bangkok, Baton Rouge, or right on Broadway, join us online, Friday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m.

A collage of 12 graduation speakers.
Here's Every Columbia Class Day Speaker We Know (So Far)

Here's who we can expect to speak to our graduates in celebration of their accomplishments.

A collage of Columbia students celebrating graduation.
6 Photos That Are Getting Us Excited for Columbia Commencement 2021

We're asking the Class of 2021 to share photos, videos, and memories of their Columbia experiences. 

1966 commencement on Columbia's campus.
How Well Do You Know the History of Columbia’s Commencement?

From graduation tchotchkes to special speakers, test your knowledge of Columbia's Commencement.


Jamal Greene and a cover of his book
Jamal Greene Shows How Rights Go Wrong

In his new bookthe constitutional law scholar argues that competing rights should be balanced through political compromise.

Women having their temperatures taken in Mumbai
COVID-19 and the Economic Agenda

What advanced countries can and should do to help the developing world and emerging markets recover from the pandemic and its economic aftermath.


Five students from Columbia's SIPA working on global public policy
SIPA Students Present Policy Proposals

The 2021 Global Public Policy Network conference and competition among students at peer schools worldwide addressed “The Crisis of Globalization as We Know It.”

Research & Discovery

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Oral Symptoms Common in Children With COVID-Linked Inflammatory Disorder

A small percentage of pediatric patients have developed a condition known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS, serious enough to warrant hospitalization.

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New ‘Home-Grown’ Coronavirus Variant Found in NYC Region

So far, more than 80 cases of the variant have been identified in the tri-state area.

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Incarceration Is Strongly Linked with Premature Death in U.S.

The most common causes of death in prison population include Infectious diseases, chronic respiratory disease, drug use, and suicide.

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How Climate Change Helped Dinosaurs Migrate from South America to Greenland

A drop in atmospheric CO2 levels aided massive plant eaters on their 6,500-mile trek across North America.

Arts & Humanities

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Four Columbia Films Nominated for 2021 Oscars

Movies created by School of the Arts filmmakers have been nominated for Oscars this year, which are scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021.