Class Day is an awards ceremony to honor graduating students and usually takes place on the day before commencement. It is an occasion for our students, their families and partners, and faculty and administration to collectively celebrate the hard work and accomplishments fulfilled in medical school. The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) has more than 40 named prizes endowed by generous gifts from donors who wish to recognize the people named on the awards. These prizes recognize:
Compassionate patient care
Contributions to the community
In addition, P&S recognizes the top 15 percent of the class selected for membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, for outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and service, as well as the 17 percent of the class selected for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society for their humanism, compassion, and care.