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Steven Lau / Senior Staff Photographer

Undergraduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science wave their red hammers before the ceremony begins.

As family and friends piled onto South Lawn and craned their necks toward Low Plaza, University President Lee Bollinger officially conferred degrees to the gradutes of Columbia's 16 schools and two affiliate institutions—Barnard College and Teachers College—on Wednesday, May 21. Click below to check out photos of the 2014 University Commencement ceremony.