We’re celebrating SIPA’s Class of 2020 — virtually!

The details have changed but the achievement remains the same! Join the SIPA community in enthusiastically saluting our newest graduates beginning Monday, May 11, continuing through SIPA’s virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 17, and concluding with Columbia University’s online Commencement on Wednesday, May 20.

Recent events have only underscored the importance of SIPA’s mission to train our students to contribute to the global public good. As these future leaders prepare to enter a world that sorely needs them, we ask that you join us in recognizing their talents, their achievements, and the great accomplishments to come.

We look forward to a time when we can assemble to honor these graduates in person. Until then:

Join deans, faculty, and the Class of 2020
as SIPA honors degree recipients in a virtual ceremony

on Sunday, May 17, from 9:00 a.m. EDT onward



Visit the site and scroll to the bottom to view slides featuring all the individual graduates.

Download the Graduation Program



Speakers & Highlights

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Graduation Speaker

Merit E. Janow
Dean, Columbia SIPA

Maite Herrero Gorostiza MPA '20
SIPASA President

Jessica Seliger MPA ’20
Featured Student Speaker

Remarks by Vice Dean Scott Barrett, individual program directors, and faculty

Student award recipients for 2020

Each graduating student will be highlighted!

Join Us In Real Time On Sunday, May 17

Community Viewing

Experience the ceremony with the SIPA Class of 2020! Join us for one of three watch parties hosted by OSA.

Sunday, May 17
9:00 a.m. EDT  |  1:00 p.m. EDT  |  6:00 p.m. EDT
Select your preferred time to RSVP and obtain a link.

SIPA Toasts
the Class of 2020

Join us as deans, professors, and students raise a glass to our graduating students.

Sunday, May 17
8:00 p.m. EDT
Click to RSVP and obtain the link.

Other Graduation Activities

Send Kudos to
the Class of 2020

Share your congratulations and read all the well wishes for SIPA’s Class of 2020. Look for messages from prominent alumni!

Visit SIPA's Kudoboard now!



Follow SIPA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as we highlight award winners and other Seeples representing our diverse community. Tag your posts to recognize the #SIPAClassof2020!


Watch President Lee C. Bollinger and deans from every Columbia school confer degrees at the University-wide Virtual Commencement on Wednesday, May 20, at 10:50 a.m.

Columbia University Commencement

Watch on May 20



If you have further questions about SIPA Graduation, please email us at sipa_osa@columbia.edu.