February Graduates Celebrated
On Tuesday, December 10, students, alumni, family, faculty, staff, and friends gathered at Faculty House to celebrate the accomplishments of 120 students who will graduate from the Columbia University School of General Studies this February.
GS really did give me the courage to realize that I can do anything.
Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch '90 opened the ceremony by welcoming attendees and sharing her own experience as a GS student.
"I know firsthand what your Columbia education means," Dean Rosen-Metsch said.
Graduates majored in diverse subjects including biological sciences, English, economics, political science, human rights, and many more.
Senior Class President Matthew Linsky followed the Dean’s welcome, encouraging alumni to remain involved in the community, continuing a tradition of support for those who may not have always thought they might eventually become Ivy League students.
"The charge that comes with a degree from the Columbia University School of General Studies is that upon whom this degree is conferred will continue to lead the way—that you will light the path, not only for yourself, but for friends and strangers alike," Linsky said.
Kirsty Jardine '15, Co-Chair of the GS Alumni Association, spoke next, stressing the importance of exploring—and not being afraid to pursue—one's interests.
"One of the best pieces of advice my GS advisor ever gave me was to say 'whenever you walk into a room, never be afraid to sit at the table.' GS really did give me the courage to realize that I can do anything," Jardine said.
Jardine then introduced Marlyn Delva, who approached the podium to address the first class to graduate during her tenure as Dean of Students.
"This notion of a GS story is one that I've really come to appreciate and understand...and while you've been here, you've experienced successes—and challenges—and we applaud you for staying the course to achieve this goal," Delva said.
Dean Delva went on to emphasize the importance of maintaining connections with the School's community, reminding graduates that they are permanent members of the GS family.
"You are Columbians for the rest of your lives," Dean Rosen-Metsch said.