"Confidence and humility cannot be taught, but can be learned. Know that you will make mistakes in life, as we all do, but learn from them through careful thought. You will slowly acquire wisdom thereby, which in turn will lead you to success."
-Ben Janowski '59CC
You have done it! What seemed impossible is now a fond memory. But keep pressing on because you have a duty now that no one ever warned you about: you now have a duty to be of service to someone else with the gift you have been given. Because we stood and stand on the shoulders of giants, it's your duty to lift as you climb. No one goes it alone. Welcome to the Pride.
-Shondrea Thornton '15CC
Be excited about yourself and what you have to give, grow and explore. Discover and stay true to your authentic self. You will be surrounded by peers doing great things. You will do great things too. Honoring your own journey is the best way to get to where you want to go.
-Jessica L. Johnson '11CC
When you graduate from Columbia, which i did in 1970, be sure you get a job that you will love, not just make money at, this is the key to everlasting contentment. if you don't love it, then you've got to leave it.
-Ned Cherry '70, '71GSAPP
With your incredible intellect, ambition, diligence, and a little bit of luck, you have graduated from a superb university. Pride in this accomplishment will carry you for the rest of your life. Congrats!
-Maureen Pflum '84GSAS
As you make your first foray into the workforce, don't be afraid of failure. Appreciate how little you know about how to do your new job and use that to ask as many questions as possible. Relish and grow comfortable with the unknown and seek to learn as much as possible as you immerse yourself in a new experience.
-Rowland Yang '11CC
Dear Columbia new graduates: Now that you have graduated from this prestigious ivy league university, you are entering a new world. Stay true to your identity and high qualities, such as good work ethic, honesty, and kindness. Remember to share all of this with the world.
- Brian Tabaroki '10GSAPP; CEO, Candelabra Group
Congratulations, Graduates, and welcome to the world of Columbia Alumni! Be Successful, Be Plentiful, Be Conscientious, and Be Intelligent. BUT, please also be compassionate caretakers of our Earth, considerate fellow citizens of all Americans, respectful cohabitants to and co-workers with all other humans of Earth in all nations. You will be remembered by what you leave behind -- so, start thinking forward NOW! Thank you, and congratulations!!!
-James Sharp '88BUS
Always be courageous and willing to advocate for yourself like you would advocate for your clients. You are important and your clients and allies depend on you; how well you take care of yourself and stick up for your own rights and well-being impacts everyone around you.
-Paul Busby '16SW
Never be afraid to re-invent: especially yourself! You will not be the same person in 5 years 10 years, 50 years that you are today. Embrace that possibility of growth and change. Write down today what you think you'll be doing on your 30th birthday -- open it then and have good laugh. Best of luck in all you strive to do.
-Karen Lacovara Patterson '91CC
As you go through life you will seek to fit in with all kinds of social and professional groups. Being part of something like a cause, a team, or a group is important in the life of every person. However, you should always remember that you should never let others define who you are. In the end, only you can define yourself.
-P.J. Louis '81SEAS
Don't be afraid to ASK--either about something you don't know or are not sure of, about an idea you have that you think would improve the environment you work in, and FOR things--you'll be surprised by how many people say yes.I can help you with that. Internships and jobs are often what you make of them.
-Sonia Sasson-Forzano '81SW
Stay true to yourself. Don't be afraid to think differently and offer opinions of dissent. Most breakthroughs come from disagreeing with the status quo. Remain ever vigilante to create a a life your future self desires to live.
-Cheryl Westbrook '91BUS
Whatever you do, do things which you are passionate about and remember the race is not always won by the swiftest but by the one who continues to plod along.
-Peter Broido '63CC
Never stop learning. Years at school have taught you how to learn, or at least how to study. With this down, you can continue to either teach yourself, or find others ways of learning. The world doesn't stop changing once you get out of school, and will continue to present things to be mastered, solved, conquered and enjoyed. Also, if you haven't yet made learning your best friend, it's not too late to do so. Keeping up with events at school, in the city and elsewhere is one way to continue to expand horizons. The more you get to meet people with narrower horizons, the more you'll come to realize how valuable a resource this particular school is, one not to be dropped just because of a little graduation.
-Mary Riley '78LAW
Follow your heart. Be courageous. Be your beautiful self. This beloved earth needs you, as do all who live here.I may never know your name or face, but I am grateful you are here, an architect of a peaceful present and a bright future.
-Noelle King '84SIPA, '85GSAS
Congratulations on your achievements. Be proud of yourself with a lot of humility but with self respect. Embrace your successes and learn from your failures. Remember nothing is permanent so be strong and stable. Have daily moments of silence with yourself and never forget your true identity, your permanent imperishable being. Have a great journey full of happiness, love and peace.
-Naji Sayegh '83SEAS
1. Learn a second and/or a third language by taking an immersion course and keep using it resolutely until you have demonstrated effort and respect to listeners/employees.
2. Take at least one job/posting overseas - - and not just in a 'comfortable' country.
3. Engage in the foreign business and show that you ENJOY/RESPECT it.
4. Learn something of the language and culture - - respect and enjoy it.
5. Never forget your task is to "build the business" and develop a local successor.
ENJOY IT ALL.
-Martin L.B. Walter '61BUS
Life is the opposite of school. No one is out to reward you for being smart. From here on out, it's diligence and networking that matter. Smart can be made to serve you or drive you and everyone around you crazy: that choice is yours.
-Dan Morenoff '96CC
Congratulations! Welcome to the wonderful world of social work. Have confidence that your Columbia training and degree has true value in the world of work. Venture into territories you find most challenging - there you will find the most growth and knowledge. All the best to you in the journey ahead.
-Julie Ridge '94SW