Calendar: Anniversary Events

In honor of our 250th Anniversary we are inviting all alumni to march in the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 at the Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue at West 168th Street. Lunch will be available for alumni participants.Alumni will return to campus for a special commencement during our 250th anniversary year. Click here to register.

Join us for "Confession of a Converted Lecturer" with Eric Mazur, PhD, President, The Optical Society, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, and Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University.

In celebration of our anniversary, members of the community will be invited for a panel discussion to learn more about careers in health. Opportunities to tour our new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center and our new Nursing Building will be available. A date and time will be announced shortly.

About the Anniversary

For two and a half centuries, P&S has defined leadership in medicine.

In 2017, the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) is celebrating a true milestone: 250 years of pioneering medical education, research, patient care, and community service at Columbia University.

P&S has been at the vanguard of medicine from our start, which pre-dates the American Revolution. We were the first institution in the American colonies to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree, and we have continued to lead the nation all the way up through the modern era of genomics and evidence-based care. P&S is among the best medical schools in the country and a thriving enterprise of health science innovation. Generations of medical and scientific leaders trained here have developed lifesaving new therapies and driven clinical advancement through their discoveries, for the benefit of patients in our community, nation, and world. Today, we have a vision to become a "debt-free" school for our medical students, eliminating need-based loans and providing all financial aid through scholarships.

This anniversary is an unprecedented opportunity for us to honor the distinguished history of P&S over the past 250 years. It is also an occasion to pay tribute to those who will ensure our enduring leadership for the next 250 years: our community of dedicated P&S alumni, faculty, students, staff, and friends.

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