The Inauguration of Minouche Shafik on October 4, 2023 was a celebration of Columbia’s 20th president and a public reaffirmation of the university’s commitment to service, impact, and academic excellence.
Over the course of several weeks, all Columbians—including students, faculty, staff, and alumni—joined with President Shafik and our neighbors and friends for a series of events and programs across our campuses. These included opportunities to learn, to volunteer, and to debate and discuss the issues central to our local and global communities.
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, marked the official inauguration of Minouche Shafik, Columbia's 20th president. 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 DJs, dancing, and a closing show.
In honor of the presidential inauguration, all Columbians—including students, faculty, staff, and alumni—were invited to join with 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.
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