May 11, 2021
Join Us For a Week Of Celebration at Columbia
Our virtual Manifest Urban Arts Festival is here! Tune in all week to see the incredible work of Columbia's graduating students. Then, on Saturday, join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the classes of 2021 and 2020 at Columbia College Chicago's annual Commencement exercises.

Columbia College Chicago's Class of 2021

Each graduating student has a story to tell about their journey to academic achievement. Here are just a few of those stories told to inspire others along their educational path.

Keturah Otunda Travis | Dance (BFA) '21

"My experience at Columbia was always on the move, no pun intended. As an intellectual artist, my dreams constantly are in motion, in which Columbia fed me the experiences I needed in order to continue that movement afterwards."

Öykü Kolat | Art and Art History (BA) '21, Minor in Visual Arts Management

"The way Columbia structures the classes in the Art History department lets the students explore outside the traditional canon of Western art history and lets them specialize in different areas."

Leland Henry | Live and Installed Sound (BA) '21

"Columbia has taught me to be tenacious and seek out the answers to the questions you have until you get an answer you’re satisfied with."

Isaiah Moore | Television (BA) '21, Cultural Studies (BA) '21

"Here at Columbia, the ability to create things with people, whether it be on set or in the classroom or for an event, has been really astounding to me and has really prepared me with being able to work with people not only here but in the world at-large."


Columbia College Chicago Alumni and Student Films to be Featured at CineYouth Festival

The work of five Cinema and Television Arts alumni and one current student will be featured in The Cinema of Chicago program streaming globally from May 6 at 6:30 p.m. CST to May 13 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Faculty Member and Alum to be Honored at 2021 Public Humanities Awards

Columbia Photography faculty member Dawoud Bey and Print Journalism and Photography alum Tonika Lewis Johnson '03 have been named as recipients of this year’s Public Humanities Awards.


Manifest Mainstage: English & Creative Writing Department Showcase

This work represents years of diligence and imagination, plus supportive and substantial feedback from faculty and peers. In their workshops and literature classes, at Writers at Lunch and the English and Creative Writing Reading Series, and through work on our department journals and in internships, the students of English and Creative Writing have prepared themselves to be the story-tellers and able writers our world needs now.

Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Manifresh 2021

Manifresh will be featured as part of Manifest Mainstage showcasing all elements of hip-hop. Columbia alumni, BBoyB, will reveal a new mural at HAUS during this livestreamed event.

This event is produced by the Events Management Practicum course within Business & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Hip-Hop Studies Minor.

Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Manifest Mainstage: Boy Pablo

SPB is thrilled to announce that Boy Pablo has been selected as this year’s Manifest headliner!!!! Boy Pablo is a 19-year-old indie pop rock artist from Norway whose music is described as, “sugar-sweet indie-pop for all highs and lows of teenage life, from sheer ecstasy to melancholy, all guised in youthful lyrics and catchy riffs”. Be sure to catch his performance on Friday, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Manifest website.

Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event


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