In a beautiful Commencement ceremony in Low Library's Rotunda on the Columbia University campus, 40 eighth-graders graduated from The School at Columbia University on Monday, June 9. As part of the ceremony, graduates read original poems, gave extraordinary speeches, sang their class song (Imagine Dragons' "It's Time"), and presented their parting gift to The School, a collaborative painting (pictured above) representing The School's four core values: collaboration, community, diversity and innovation. Special guest Aurora Anaya-Cerda, founder of La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, inspired students with her Commencement speech, urging them to persevere and be creative to make their dreams become reality.
On Tuesday, June 10, The School's newest alumni returned to school for a special brunch in their honor. In the fall, they will enter an impressive range of public, boarding and independent high schools around New York. Congratulations to our graduates, and to their teachers, staff and families for all their support. The School community will miss you, and wishes you all the best!