Join Us in Congratulating Class of 2020 Grads!
When Columbia University announced in March that classes would be going online, many of the School of Social Work’s degree candidates for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy wondered: will we have a commencement ceremony? As they now know, for the safety of our community, we will not be gathering under one roof. Rather, the School will be hosting a virtual ceremony to be held at our originally scheduled date and time of May 20, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
But even if our community cannot come together to congratulate our graduates in the usual way, we can still find ways to keep this year’s graduation special. That’s why we’ve created this page. We hereby invite members of our community to post congratulatory messages and supportive words for the Class of 2020, who have persevered through so much to get to the finish line. If you would like to leave a message, please post it as a comment.
Meanwhile, please allow the entire CSSW faculty and staff community to be the first to offer hearty congratulations to the Class of 2020: YOU DID IT!
To all my classmates and colleagues who will be graduating this year, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will be cheering for you and I am so proud to have worked and collaborated with you throughout our time at Columbia! YOU DID IT!!! ❤️ #Classof2020 #Columbiassw #CSSW2020
Congratulations to this year’s graduates!! The CSSW Writing Center wishes you all the best in whatever comes next!
Many congratulations!! Proud of you all!
To All in the CSSW Class of 2020 – CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you, and eager to see the great things you will do out there in the wider world. You are needed.
Congratulations to all of the graduates on this great achievement! You have made us proud! This new success is now yours to take! Can’t wait to see what your future has in store! #CSSW2020
Congratulations to the #CSSW Class of 2020! I’ve been blessed to bear witness to your passion, courage and resilience in my classes and have learned so much from and with you! So proud of you all.
You are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
Class of 2020, Congratulations on your big day! What an incredible journey and you have done it with determination and commitment to serving people. Your are needed today more than ever. Go out and change the world. Celebrate your accomplishments.
Congratulations class of 2020! Looking forward to celebrating virtually with you!
CONGRATULATIONS! Time to turn your dreams into plans! Best wishes for all good things!
Congratulations class of 2020!! You guys did it, despite the challenging time through the pandemic. Very proud and happy of everyone that made it through this journey with sacrifice and hard work . Good luck and best wishes on your next adventure.
#ROARLION2020 #Columbiassw #CSSW2020
Dear Class of 2020, CONGRATULATIONS on this milestone! Completing your Master’s of Science in Social Work is a huge accomplishment, particularly during this time in history. We are so proud of you and look forward to cheering you on as you go out and make the world a better place!
Couldn’t be prouder of the class 2020! You are taking with you many skills, including compassion, resiliency and creativity that you have shown during these difficult times. The future is Social Work, you are all needed! Congratulations, don’t forget to take care of yourselves too!
Congratulations my dear friends of CSSW class of 2020 on your graduation. Take your success and hold it as Commencement Ceremony showers honour on you all! By the same token, it opens up a world of work that you may be waiting for. We all welcome you.
To the Grads of 2020 Congratulations!!
Let the spirit of the Lion Roar you to great heights and never forget the spirit of tenacity, courage and strength that brought you to this moment
As an alum SSW ‘97, I always look forward to the work of new graduates to spur us on!!
Congratulations to the class 2020! And congrats to my amazing daughter, Lucy Mae Evans for her hard work in earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work, she will make the world a better place! #CSSW2020 @columbiaSSW
Congratulations to the CSSW Class of 2020! You have shown us all that there’s nothing you can’t handle! You are already amazing Social Workers! Wishing you the very best!
Class of 2020,
We feel better leaving the world in your capable and compassionate hands.
All the love–
Congratulations to my colleagues in the CSSW Class of 2020! This journey with you has been a great honor and privilege. I wish you all good things going forward. Blessings.
Congrats to all my students!!!! Your dedication and passion is so inspiring and I wish you all the best!!!! So proud of you all!!!
Dear CSSW Class of 2020: Many congratulations on this major moment, especially in the midst of this wild unknown time. Thank you for your commitment to our profession.. Sending good energy and best wishes as you move forward!
WE DID IT!!!!!!! Congrats!
YAHOO! We got through.
My most sincere congratulation on your big day,, wish all of you a lot of success in your new journal in life.
To Megan Johnson and Liz Villatoro – CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! You made it and I am so happy that I got to work with you both this year. You were an absolute blessing in my life and you are now both rockstar social workers! Very Proud of You Both!
THANK YOU all so much for your dedication to social work, social justice and just for making the world a better place. You all inspire me, and I’m grateful to have played a small part in some of your education.
Congratulations Class of 2020!! Want to specifically congratulate two amazing people, Liz Villatoro and Megan Johnston! Congrats to both of you!
We wish all of you health and happiness as you celebrate your success. Rock on!!
Congratulations to Kelly Rynd!!!
#YouGoGirl #NothingCanStopYou #WelcomeToSocialWorkWorld
Congrats to all of the graduates! Job Well Done!! #CSSW2020
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Who knew your skills would be so critical and needed so soon? Willing Hands, all….
Congrats to CSSW Class of 2020! You are walking into a world that really needs you more than ever. You will be the eyes, ears, voice, spirit that so many humans need. Your work will transcend all races, ages, genders, socioeconomic classes, communities, continents. As clinicians, private practice therapists, community social workers, program developers, policy makers, your work is life changing for someone and is always essential. #cssw2020 @columbiassw2020
CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020! Y’all are going into the workforce at a very uncertain time, but I know y’all are going to bring your own version of certainty and bravery wherever you go. Good luck!
P.S Congrats, Tori and Parker!! – Ashley <3
Congratulations and welcome to the profession!
Congratulations, Alice Liu! The Foxies are so proud of you. You are amazing and we love you!
Congratulations to all the graduates in the 2020 School of Social Work at Columbia University! You have persevered during difficult circumstances, well done. The world needs you now more than ever. Thank you for your commitment to this work❤️
Congratulations upon your Graduation Dear Alice Liu!!! You totally rocked it just like I knew you would!!! Look out world!!! What a blessing you are and are going to continue to be to all who are entrusted to your care. I love you Friend! I am so happy for you and so proud of you!!! Love, A-Dawg
Congratulations to the class of 2020! To my beautiful friend Carly King, these three years have shown that you are truly dedicated to the betterment of yourself, your community, and to anyone that has the pleasure of interacting with you! I am so proud of you!!!!
Congratulations Megan (Plumpe)!
Congratulations all graduates and special congratulations to our daughter Susan McKee MSSW. We are so proud of you and love you. Dad and Joyce
I would like to give a massive shout out to our students this year that interned at the NYC Department for the Aging:
Ethan and Seth you are both amazing individuals and I know that you will go far.
Please stay in touch!
Hello, I would like to say “WABU NABI” to Jasmine Wali, a truly incredible force to behold. Congratulations on this HUGE milestone in your life, you inspire and uplift those around you and that is not only a skill you have, but also a testament to how amazing you are !!!! Much love, continue to SLAY the game boo, lets celebrate in person when its safe 😉 <3
To Jennifer Daniel,
May the blessings of this day continue to follow you on your own personal path.
Lester Young, Jr., Ed.D.
Carly King I am so proud of you! I know all the battles that you are currently dealing with and all the battles you had to face to make it to this day. You succeeded girl! I know you are bound to do great things. Love you. -Aixa
Congratulations Yolanda Jones on earning your MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. That is huge!! We are so proud of you from Jarvis Christian College. Go get that doctorate and come take my job!!
Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, MSW, Ph.D.
Provost and VPAA
Jarvis Christian College
To Mariana Porras- Congratulations! All the hard work and sacrifice paid off. Your family is super proud of you! We hope your experiences shaped you to change people. People change people! People help people. Go out to the world and shape the world! #CSSW2020. P.S. California missed you. #CaliforniaLove
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
All of us at the Office of Development and Alumni Relations wish you much success as you begin your professional journey. Please stay in touch, visit often, and know that we are here for you every step of the way.
Congratulations class of 2020! We are proud of your accomplishments and welcome you to the profession.
Congratulations to you all. With this pandemic, you have faced the toughest challenge of any graduating class> But you did it and did it proudly. Continue to fight for what you believe in. Social work and social policy needs you.
Congratulations to this graduating class!
Resilient, resourceful, caring, ethical and kind.
Your empathy will move mountains and forge healthier systems.
Your wisdom will be more contagious than covid-19.
Warmest wishes, Richard Beck
I congratulate you on the momentous occasion of your graduation & the achievement of your social work degree. I KNOW it wasn’t easy, but now your there, & at a time when your service is needed so badly. though the job market may not be ideal, you will find your place, & then embark on what I hope will be a meaningful & fulfilling journey of making this world a better place. the latter is a cliche, but isn’t it a good expression of what your striving for? as a graduate of 1981 (ancient!), I wish you success, happiness, & the constant extraordinary
feeling that only making lives better can give you!
To All in the CSSW Class of 2020 – Congratulations! You’re going into a world that needs you. We believe in you can’t wait to see where your journey takes you.
Congratulations, Class of 2020! You are all amazing and make us proud! The world has been waiting for you!! <3
It’s been over fifty years since I was part of the last graduation in the garden of the Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue & 91st Street. How the world has changed since then. Over these many years I had many changes in work setting and population being served, but I was able to continue to change because of the unique education I received at CUSSW. Good luck to you as you embark on your professional careers!!