Message for the Class of 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020! YOU DID IT!

As you take your next steps in your path as social workers, we’d like to take a moment to applaud you for your hard work, perseverance, and commitment, especially during these last few months.

Through it all, you demonstrated the ability to adapt to changing needs and circumstances, learn new ways of coping with disruption and loss, and prepare for the unknown—critical strengths that are needed as we seek to move forward in our new reality, and which make you, the next generation of social work leaders, invaluable to the larger community.

For those who have shared job updates with us, an additional congratulations to you! (If you recently landed a job opportunity, we would love to hear from you; email us at Your successes provide encouragement and hope for many others embarking on the job search process.

For those who are actively seeking opportunities, please note that career support will remain available to you. You can continue to use your Career Connect account to schedule appointments and access resources.

Thank you, 2020 graduates, for allowing us to be part of your journey! We look forward to staying in touch with you as you continue this journey as alumni.


Tomomi and Rawlisha
Office of Career Services and Leadership Management

Jade Luo ’19 and Rachel Smith ’20 Selected as PMF Finalists

Congratulations to Class of 2020 Presidential Management Fellows Finalists Jade Luo ’19 and Rachel Smith ’20!

The PMF Program is a highly competitive, flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates, created to develop a cadre of potential government leaders. Those who are selected as finalists and meet necessary requirements become eligible to be placed in a two-year appointment in a participating agency.

There were 4,900 applicants, and Jade and Rachel were among 402 chosen finalists, six of whom are from social work programs and 19 from Columbia University at large.