Contact: Anna O’Sullivan
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NEW YORK, May 12, 2010—Korean R&B star Lena Park (Park Jung-hyun) will perform the U.S. national anthem at the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation ceremony on May 16 at 9 a.m. in New York City. Park, an English and comparative literature major who will graduate from a college known for its many students who are professional musicians and dancers, plans to return to Korea in the fall to continue in her music career.
According to Park, who attended UCLA for two years in the late nineties and will receive a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University School of General Studies, completing her bachelor’s degree was always a priority, even after her professional success.
“Education has always been very important to me; I had grandiose visions of college as a child, and I worked very hard in high school. So even as I withdrew from UCLA, I did so always knowing I would come back to school to finish my degree,” Park said.
Park, born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., did not learn to speak Korean until she moved to South Korea to pursue her music career in 1998. Since then, Park has released seven Korean albums, two Korean singles, three Japanese albums and seven Japanese singles. At the request of the South Korean government, Park performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Korea and Japan.
The School of General Studies of Columbia University is a liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full- or part-time. GS students take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates. For more information about Lena Park or the School of General Studies, contact Anna O’Sullivan at (212) 854-7671, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.