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May Graduation Ceremony Postponed

March 23, 2020

Dear Nursing Students,

Last Friday we were notified by President Bollinger, that the University has made the difficult decision to cancel the May 2020 University Commencement ceremony. In line with President Bollinger’s decision, the School of Nursing has also made the decision to postpone its Graduation Ceremony on the CUIMC campus. 

The faculty and I know how hard you have worked, and all of the sacrifices that you and your loved ones have made to complete your Columbia Nursing degree. Please know that the School of Nursing still plans to celebrate our 2020 nursing graduates’ accomplishments. In partnership with the other CUIMC schools, the School of Nursing will be exploring other ways to honor our graduates in the future, in a way that is safe for our community, our students, and family members. We will communicate more information when those plans are known. For students completing program requirements after the 2020 spring and summer terms, rest assured that degree conferral will not be affected, and that the University will still be conferring degrees in May and October.

I appreciate the compassion and resilience that I have witnessed during these past weeks from so many of our nursing students. I hope you will join me as I look forward to the time when we can once again celebrate together. I sincerely hope you and your families remain healthy and safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact OSSnursing@cumc.columbia.edu.

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing
Mary O. Mundinger Professor of Nursing
Sr. Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Judy Wolfe, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Columbia University School of Nursing