More thPalillo SGA president Graduation 2010an 500 seniors, their parents, friends, and family—plus paparazzi and an indeterminate number of cameras—converged on Columbia’s Ancel Plaza for the College’s 2010 Commencement ceremony. Barnard President Debora Spar led the ceremony, which awarded Barnard’s highest honor, the Medal of Distinction, to keynote speaker and world-renowned actress Meryl Streep, studio Museum of Harlem Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden, Princeton university President Shirley Tilghman, and united states senator from Maine Olympia Snow (unable to attend due to a senate vote). More photos at

   -photographs by Asiya Khaki '09 and David Wentworth