Top 10 Graduation Songs of 2020

Melissa W.
Despite it being the end of July, graduation season is still going strong and will be straight through the rest of 2020 due to COVID19 derailing spring plans (is 2020 over yet?!). Traditions are pretty much out the window for the Class of 2020, but that doesn’t mean certain aspects of the ceremony need to change, like the music!

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The Practice of Moving the Tassel Right to Left

Melissa W.
Commencement ceremonies hold a lot of tradition, and we’ve previously discussed a few of them, including the history of the attire right down to why graduates toss part of that attire in the air. But there’s one little, yet defining tradition that happens right before the caps fly in the air: the turning of the tassel.

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Alexander Hamilton: Columbia College Alumnus

Melissa W.
Hamilton: An American Musical took the country by storm in June 2016, chronicling the story of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton through the seamless use of hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and traditional show tunes-style music with non-white actors cast as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. What does Hamilton have to do with higher education? Read on to find out!

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Summer Hours and Office Vacation

Melissa W.
With the rush of graduation season coming to a close (for now!), we’ve implemented summer hours and a brief vacation for our staff. We are currently open Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 9am-12pm EST.

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Happy 4th of July!

Melissa W.
Happy 4th of July! It’s the day the United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain in 1776 after adopting the Declaration of Independence. Celebrations look a bit different this year, but the sentiment remains the same. 

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Kermit the Frog, Ph.D? A Look at Honorary Degree Recipients

Melissa W.
We recently talked about the history of honorary degrees and the criticism that originally came with them. While they’re not always the most widely accepted by students, many colleges have had fun with them through the years. Here’s a look at some honorary degree recipients:

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Honorary Degrees -- Who Gets Them and Why?

Melissa W.
For traditional students, receiving a degree and accepting a diploma on graduation day is the culmination of years of hard work, studying, and countless sacrifices. But for others, namely celebrities and figureheads, a degree can be obtained without even stepping foot inside of a classroom. What?! How?!

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