Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Class Day

May 17, 2019, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Students who are completing the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program in 2019 are cordially invited to a ceremony honoring their accomplishments. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Students must register to attend Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Class Day and should wear business or business casual attire to this formal ceremony.


Registration for students who are completing the Postbac Premed Program in 2019 opens Monday, April 1 at 12 a.m. The favor of a reply is requested by Monday, May 13 at 5 p.m.


Students are welcome to bring up to two guests and must indicate this on the registration form. Students may also request additional guest seating by contacting after registration closes.

Students who are eligible to receive a Certificate in Premedical or Prehealth Sciences should update their address in SSOL, as certificates will be mailed within two months after completion of the Postbac Premed Program.  

Postbac Premed Class Day Speakers

Dr. Olajide Williams, MD, MPH

  • Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology and Associate Professor at Columbia University,
  • Founder of Hip Hop Public Health
  • Co-Director of Columbia University’s Wellness Center
  • Medical Director of New York Presbyterian’s Comprehensive Stroke Center

Dr. Williams’s research is focused on community-based behavioral interventions with an emphasis on therapeutic lifestyle programs and stroke disparities. He is an NIH-funded researcher with several R01-level awards, and a leading health disparities expert. Dr. Williams has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles including the book “Stroke Diaries” and “Handbook of Neurological Therapeutics” both of which were published by Oxford University Press.

As Founder of Hip Hop Public Health, Dr. Williams targets economically disadvantaged urban environments through music, multimedia, and entertainment based programming. He received the European Stroke Research Foundation Investigator of the Year award, Congressional “Rising Leader” Citation, New York State Proclamation, and Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award.

Named one of Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People, Root 100’s most infl uential Blacks in America, and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors, he currently serves on the Board of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a bipartisan organization whose honorary chair is Michelle Obama.

Dr. Williams obtained his medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and his neurology residency training at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Catherine Jennings

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee Catherine Jennings has lived in New York City since 2013. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee and taught middle school science in both public and private school settings before entering the Postbac program. In addition to teaching, Catherine also danced with a modern dance collective in Knoxville, TN and worked in therapeutic horseback riding, teaching riding lessons for children and adults with mental, physical, and neurological disabilities.

After more than a decade of a successful career in education, Catherine decided to pursue a dream she had been nurturing for many years—to become a doctor and to help her patients gain the health and wellness needed to pursue their own goals and dreams. Since entering the Postbac program, Catherine has worked as a research associate in the Metropolitan Hospital Emergency Medicine department and published her first clinical research in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Getaw Worku Hassen. She also served as a patient educator in Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Department of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, where she led patient support groups and education sessions to help patients prepare for bariatric procedures.

During her time in the Postbac program, Catherine served as Vice President of Communications for the Premedical Association (PMA). She was recently accepted to the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and will matriculate this Fall as a member of the Class of 2023.

    Guest Information

    Students may bring up to two guests. Students may request additional guests by emailing after the registration period closes.

    Guests will begin being seated a half-hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

    For information about traveling to campus, a campus map, parking, and accommodations, please consult the Visiting Campus section of the website. Guests may enter campus at the 116th Street and Broadway gates or the 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue gates.

    Columbia provides accessible entrances and seating for students and guests with disabilities and/or special needs. These services are coordinated through the Columbia University Office of Disability Services (ODS). Please refer to the information below to help plan your visit, should a member of your party require any of the following services.

    Wheelchairs and Accessible Entrances

    The Office of Disability Services will have a limited number of wheelchairs available for use during Class Day. There is no rental fee associated. Students or guests should contact ODS to make a reservation.

    Those guests or students with a wheelchair should enter though the 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue gate and consult the Accessibility Map for the best route to Low Memorial Library.


    There is no on-campus public parking. Drivers are advised to drop off and pick up passengers with disabilities at the 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue gate.

    Office of Disability Services  

    Office of Disability Services
    Morningside Campus Location
    108A Wien Hall
    411 West 116th Street, MC 3714
    New York, NY 10027

    (212) 854-2388 (Voice/TTY)

    Office hours

    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


    If you require additional services or have questions regarding any of the information contained on this page, please contact the Office of Disability Services.

    Faculty Information

    Thank you for your interest in attending the Postbac Premed Class Day Ceremony!


    The academic procession of faculty and administration will begin assembling in the Burden Room, 206 Low Memorial Library 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

    Faculty must provide their own academic regalia in order to participate in the academic procession and be seated on the stage.

    Faculty are also welcome to attend without participating in the procession.