Inauguration Day Activities

Wednesday, October 4, 2023, marked the inauguration of Minouche Shafik, a celebration of Columbia's 20th president and a public reaffirmation of the university’s commitment to service, impact, and academic excellence.

The day itself was divided into two parts: the investiture, which is the formal ceremony that installs President Shafik as the head of Columbia, and an evening campus-wide celebration featuring a DJ, dancing, and a closing show. 



Order of Academic Procession

First Division

  • Senior Leadership of the University
  • University Senate
  • Deans and President Affiliates of the University
  • Faculties of the University and Professors Emeriti of the University
  • Trustees and Senior Leadership of Affiliated Corporations

Second Division

  • Delegates from Educational Institutions and Learned Societies, and Other Distinguished Guests

Third Division

  • Honorary Head Marshal
  • Presiding Officers
  • Presidential Search Committee Members
  • Trustees Emeriti of the University
  • Trustees of the University
  • Presenters
  • Mace Bearer
  • President of the University

Honorary Head Marshal

  • Amy E. Hungerford, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Mace Bearer

  • Lisa Carnoy, Chair of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees

Presiding Officers

  • Katrina A. Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences; Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Dennis A. Mitchell, Interim Provost Professor of Dental Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center

Order of Exercises



  • “Trumpet Tune,” Music by Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
  • “Rondeau,” Music by Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682–1738)
  • Instrumental performance by the Columbia University Crown Quartet


  • “Funga Alafia,” Music by LaRocque Bey
  • Performance by the Middle Division Concert Choir, The School at Columbia University
  • Remarks by the Copresidents of the Native American Council
    • Eva Brander Blackhawk, Columbia College and Western Shoshone
    • Hannah Jimenez, Columbia College and Cherokee Nation

Welcome from the Community

  • Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative of New York’s Thirteenth Congressional District
  • Sheena Wright, First Deputy Mayor of New York City

Welcome from the University

  • Eugenia Lean, Faculty Representative; Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Ann D. Thornton, Staff Representative; Vice Provost and University Librarian
  • Jonathan Lavine, Alumni Representative; Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees
  • Bruce Goumain, Student Representative; School of General Studies and University Senate Executive Committee Member
  • “New York State of Mind,” Music and words by Billy Joel (b. 1949)
  • Vocal performance by Notes and Keys

Greetings for the President

  • Madame Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank


  • David Greenwald, Cochair of the Board of Trustees
  • Claire Shipman, Cochair of the Board of Trustees

President’s Inaugural Address

  • Minouche ShafikA New Social Contract for Universities and Society

Closing Words


  • Performance by the Columbia Athletics Pep Band

Official Program

Investiture Watch Party Locations

Morningside Campus 

  • South Lawn (open to the public)
    • Co-Hosted by University Life
  • Butler Library, Room 214 
  • John Jay Hall, Wang Lounge (First Floor; for CC/SEAS Undergraduate Residential Students)

Manhattanville Campus

  • The Forum, Atrium (open to the public)
  • Columbia Business School, Geffen Hall Room 620 (645 W. 130th Street)

CUIMC Campus

  • West Campus: Hammer Health Sciences, Room 401 (701 West 168th Street)
  • East Campus: Columbia Nursing (560 West 168th Street, 7th Floor)

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

  • 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY; Monell Building Auditorium

Evening Inaugural Celebration

Join an evening celebration hosted by CU Performing Arts and President Shafik. 

7:00-9:30 p.m.

  • Master some new moves! Live performances in Lerner Hall from Columbia student dance groups, SaborCU China DanceIjoya, and Columbia Raas. The performances will be followed by demos and dancing.
  • Check out some videos from Onyx, who won’t be able to join us but were instrumental in helping this night happen.
  • Down to dance? Rock around the Rotunda with DJ Stormin’ Norman and Columbia’s own Roar-EE.
  • View a closing show on Low Plaza.

Registration was required for these events and is now closed.