Dual BA Program Class of 2016 Celebrated at Class Day

Dual BA Program Class of 2016 Celebrated at Class Day

Forty-two graduates of the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po were among the 547 graduates honored at the 2016 GS Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2016.

School of General Studies Dean Peter J. Awn welcomed guests, faculty, and administrators before addressing the graduates.

"Members of the Class of 2016, you represent the cutting edge of American and international undergraduate education, and you have proven yourselves through your academic accomplishments and your dedication to one another and Columbia. We are privileged to count you lifelong members of the Columbia intellectual and alumni community," Awn said.

This year's valedictorian of the GS Class of 2016 was Dual BA Program graduate Christina Cheung. During her time at both Sciences Po and Columbia, Cheung was significantly involved in student life while still excelling in her academics. She was awarded the distinction of cum laude each year at Sciences Po, and was named to the Dean's List every semester since beginning her studies at GS. She was also inducted into the GS Honor Society and the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

"At GS, we are unique not because we have always succeeded, but because we had the courage to push beyond our failures and achieve success our way. Because of our nontraditional paths, we may have encountered people who do not understand us. The Dual BA Program attracted me because of who I am. Here, I was able to interact with like-minded individuals who could not only understand my eccentricities, but also celebrate them as unique contributions to discussions and debates in the classroom," Cheung said. "We understand that what produces meaning in life is not uni-dimensional. It is finding what makes you happy."

This year’s Dual BA Program graduates originated from several countries and completed a range of majors at Columbia including economics, political science, computer science, neuroscience and behavior, sustainable development, linguistics, and urban studies. Twenty-three were members of the GS Honor Society, and six were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

After the Class Day ceremony concluded, Dual BA Program graduates and their families were joined by Dean of the Sciences Po Collège Universitaire, Bénédicte Durand, and Dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies, Peter J. Awn, at a luncheon celebrating their achievements. 

The Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po offers a truly global undergraduate experience unlike any other. Dual BA students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments: a close-knit college in a French regional setting focusing on the social sciences and a large research university in New York City. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded two bachelor’s degrees—one from Sciences Po and one from Columbia University, and are guaranteed admission to a master's program at Sciences Po Paris.


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