Congratulations, Graduates! You did it. Several dedicated years of learning and honing your craft at Columbia College Chicago have transformed you into the career-ready, creative professionals you are today. You are an unstoppable force, ready to take on a world that is waiting for you. Enjoy this special moment and know that we are here cheering you on. We can’t wait to see what you shape next!
President Kwang-Wu Kim, Commencement 2022
Danny Fenster, Honorary Degree Recipient
Modesto Valle, Honorary Degree Recipient
Anna Baumeister, Student Speech
Kirsten Calabrese, Student Speech
By: Anastasia Petran
By: Sidney Sargus
It is two kids in a trench coat, caught in the nasty divorce between a thread and its deep pockets. It is the way we reach our hands into them, mining for a way out.
The way we wash them over and over, only For them to continue packing up dirt. Time is our palms and the fingers stretched from them— which means to say we are only as aged as the digging we’ve done.
There is nothing else to bend arms around but the hollowness that passing moments make of us, the age that whips itself into our pores. I say it’s about time to leap into the pit
of it before our fists grow tired of all that clenching; I say it’s only fair for time to gift us what it owes, the kind of gold that can get us somewhere.
Each graduating student has a story to tell about their journey. Here are just a few of those stories told to inspire others along their educational path.Read more
This modified program is intended as a tribute to our students’ accomplishments in completing their programs of study. Hopefully it will also serve as a memento of your shared experiences as members of the graduating class of 2022.Read more
Explore photos from one on of the most memorable commencement ceremonies in our college’s history.See Ceremony photos