Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Multicultural Fair

A demonstration from Columbia’s Multicultural and Tolerance Fair in 2016.

Columbia High School will host its biennial Multicultural and Tolerance Fair on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event features food, music, demonstrations and student work, as well as a keynote presentation by NPR’s StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Stanton will give a presentation about the power of storytelling in our everyday lives. The audience will be offered a unique opportunity to learn about recording and preserving the stories of our community for future generations.

“The StoryCorps mission to ‘preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world’ is the perfect topic to be shared with our students in this forum,” said Columbia social studies teacher Wendy McAlonie, who is organizing the event.

The keynote presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. It is sponsored by the East Greenbush Education Foundation through the Ruth Hurr Memorial Fund.

Multicultural and Tolerance Fair flyer