Commencement 2013: Columbia University in the World

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Today was Commencement for the entire University, where all graduates were made official and all deans made nerdy inside jokes about their schools.  Read on for memorable quotes, pictures, and videos.

Remember: tonight the Empire State Building will be lit up Columbia blue and white. And more importantly, Bwog is proud of you.


  • “It is a well-known fact: the smarter you are, the more you can procrastinate.”
  • “I sometimes imagine I’m president of a dating service.”
  • “Being at a university means never saying ‘well that’s just what I believe.'” … “Imagine how different the world would be if people entered conversations willing to change their opinion.”
  • “I believe no generation has faced a world with more promise than yours right now.”
  • “I hope you will always remain the brilliant students you have been with us.”

Deantini: “The pen is mightier than the sword, but we know Columbia College students are mighty good with both the pen and the sword.”

Goldean: “They are the hardhatted, hammer-waving students who will lead the world in engineering and applied sciences.”

DSpar: “The brilliant, the bold, the dazzling, and the ever beautiful women of Barnard College.”

Dean Awn: “These students are deeply indebted… the faculty!”

George L. Van Amson (Chair of CAA): “Stand Columbia as Columbia stands with you.”

Check out the moment of graduation for CC, SEAS, GS, and SIPA.

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  1. SEAS '13  

    Before today, I'd never heard Prezbo say anything that interesting. But I really liked his commencement address today. Did other people feel the same way?

    • Anonymous  

      YES! This. A great deal of my intellectual and activist experiences at college were organized around the very issues he raised (i.e. global public media, worker's rights, etc). I too found myself surprised when he expressed these issues to our peers and families with the significance and weight that they deserve. Congratulations to everyone in the class of 2013!

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. Also the diversity issue was strongly emphasized, which might be related to the hate crime occurred recently in the campus. The idea of not stopping learning was also inspiring.
        I used to feel bad that we don't have invited speakers for the university commencement, but now I no longer feel so.

  2. Anonymous

    Congtaulations graduates!!!. Be proud!

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