Related Inaugural Events

In honor of the presidential inauguration, all Columbians—including students, faculty, staff, and alumni—were invited to join President Minouche Shafik and our neighbors and friends for a series of free events and programs across our campuses and Upper Manhattan in the weeks surrounding the day.

Events included opportunities to learn, volunteer, and connect as a community. 

The Great Broadway Sweep
The Great Broadway Sweep: Morningside Heights

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik will join Barnard President Laura Rosenbury, Teachers College President Tom Bailey, and local leaders to kick off the Great Broadway Sweep, a Climate Week partnership between the NYC Sanitation Foundation and We Love NYC to collect litter along the entire length of Broadway. 

New York City Councilmember Shaun Abreu and Presidents Shafik, Rosenbury, and Bailey will lead a rally for community partners, neighbors, and volunteers at the University’s Manhattanville Campus to initiate the Morningside Heights and West Harlem portion of the effort to clean up Broadway, the "World's Most Famous Street."

Date & Time: September 20, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Lenfest Center for the Arts (outdoor plaza), 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027

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Columbia Quest: Scavenger Hunt
Columbia Quest

Canceled due to extreme weather.

All students are invited to join the newest members of Columbia University, including President Minouche Shafik, on this cross-campus scavenger hunt to explore Columbia's incredible resources! Register individually or join a team. Complete the hunt to find swag and win prizes. Sponsored by University Life. All students are welcome to participate. Learn more and register.

Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Across Columbia's campuses

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12th Annual Morningside Lights: The Open Book with an illustration of a book.
12th Annual Morningside Lights: The Open Book

Morningside Lights returns with The Open Book, a celebration of the free exchange of ideas and an homage to the libraries that preserve access to knowledge and affirm our freedom to read. Presented in partnership with the Columbia University Libraries and The New York Public Library, each of the 50+ community-built lanterns will pay tribute to a book that inspires, enlightens, and shapes how we see the world. 

Join us after dusk on September 30 to witness a luminous catalogue of “Great Books” where each glowing volume will honor a unique perspective, while renewing our collective resolve to keep our libraries free and our minds open.

Date & Time: September 30, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Morningside Park to Morningside campus

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Charter and Keys: Inauguration Ceremonies at Columbia
Charter and Keys: Inauguration Ceremonies at Columbia Exhibition

Visit the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located in Butler Library, and see the exhibition "Charter and Keys: Inauguration Ceremonies at Columbia," a retrospective in honor of the Presidential Inauguration. Learn about the traditions, secrets, and inside stories behind the investiture ceremony and how it has evolved over the years.

Date & Time: October 2 - December 15

Location: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 6th Floor East Butler Library, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY, 10027

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Step Challenge
Columbia vs. NYU: The Uptown/Downtown University Step Challenge

Calling all Columbia Lions and NYU Violets – faculty, administrators, and staff! Increase your physical activity and well-being this fall by stepping up and joining this fun challenge. For three weeks, each university will join together as one team to see whether the uptown or downtown NYC university will achieve the highest average step count by the challenge’s end. Individuals will also compete for prizes, bragging rights, and more. 

Challenge features a special walk with President Minouche Shafik and Interim Provost Dennis Mitchell. Details will be provided to active participants during the Challenge. Stay tuned! 

Date & Time: October 2 - October 20

Location: virtual/everywhere

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Columbia Homecoming '23 banner.
Homecoming 2023: Columbia Football vs. Penn

Come cheer on the Columbia Lions as they take on the UPenn Quakers!

Date & Time: October 14, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, Baker Athletics Complex, 505 West 218th Street, New York, NY 10034

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Manhattanville Community Day Fall 2023

Join us on the Manhattanville campus on October 21, 2023, for a free fun-filled celebration of community! Immerse yourself in the arts through youth programming, indulge in Uptown cuisine with local vendors, have fun with science activities—plus so much more. We’ll be updating this page with more information about the event as it becomes available.

We invite our neighbors surrounding Columbia's campuses in Morningside Heights, West Harlem, Harlem, and Washington Heights as well as Columbia affiliates to partake in this day of celebration. 

Date & Time: October 21, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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