News

March 12, 2014

Alumni Connect at Annual Mid-Winter Mixer

On Wednesday, March 12, the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee hosted a reception for alumni from the School of General Studies at Taj Lounge. GS alumni, students, and friends reconnected and networked at the event.

October 07, 2013

Postbac Premed Student Devises New Value Theory; Publishes Academic Text

Postbac Premed student Stephen Petro '14 is a born philosopher, and at only 24 years of age is publishing his first book, Rationality, Virtue, and Liberation: A Post Dialectical Theory of Value, which sets out to challenge and reorient the philosophical debate surrounding the theories of Gewirth, Habermas, and others.

June 17, 2013

GS Student-Veteran Awarded Tillman Scholarship

GS student-veteran Bill Roberts was selected as a 2013 Tillman Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation, which awards $10,000 annually to students in pursuit of completing an undergraduate or graduate degree. He is one of four 2013 Columbia University Tillman Scholars, and the second from the School of General Studies.

May 29, 2013

GS Celebrates the Class of 2013 at Class Day

The School of General Studies celebrated the Class of 2013 at the GS Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 20. More than 1,500 guests joined faculty and administrators in recognizing the accomplishments of the 444 members of the graduating class, 63 of whom are U.S. military veterans, the most of any Ivy League university.

May 29, 2013

Postbac Premed Program Class Day Celebrates 2013 Graduates

Graduates celebrated the completion of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Class Day on May 17 in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda. They were joined by members of the Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, administrators from the School of General Studies, family, friends, and fellow classmates.

May 07, 2013

Former Nirvana Guitarist, U.S. Army Veteran, Monk to Graduate Columbia University

Military veteran, rock guitarist and monk, Jason Everman raises the bar for the modern Renaissance man. In 1987, Everman—a commercial fisherman off the coast of Alaska—quit his job and moved to Seattle where he became the second guitarist touring worldwide and recording with Nirvana to promote their “Bleach” album and a bassist with Soundgarden on their “Louder than Love” tour. 

April 23, 2013

2013 Class Day Speakers Announced

Dean Peter J. Awn announced that there will be four featured speakers at the Columbia University School of General Studies Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 20, including keynote speaker Professor Nicholas Dirks.

December 01, 2012

Is the Nontraditional Path to a Degree Becoming the Traditional One?

Ask Luis Felipe Morgado '12 about life as a student at Columbia, and he sounds much like any other undergraduate: enthusiastic, slightly overwhelmed, and already thinking about life after graduation. An economics and math major, Morgado says confidently, "I'll probably try to work for two or three years in finance, and after that I want to go to grad school." It's only when you ask Morgado about his past, and the path he took to Columbia, that the conversation takes an unusual turn.

June 07, 2012

GS Celebrates 2012 Class Day

The School of General Studies celebrated Class Day on Sunday, May 13. Nearly 1,800 guests, many using umbrellas provided by the University to shield themselves from the bright sunlight illuminating Low Plaza, gathered to celebrate the 365 graduates of the Class of 2012, which ranges in age from 21 to 64 years old. Hailing from more than 39 countries, international students and new Americans comprise 25 percent of the graduating class.

May 07, 2012

Custodian Graduates from Columbia University After 19 Years

In 1992, Gac Filipaj, 52, left his parents and siblings behind and escaped from war-torn Yugoslavia to come to the United States.  He arrived knowing no English and with virtually no support system. Twenty years later, Filipaj, a Columbia University custodian, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies with a B.A. in classics with department honors on May 13 at 9 a.m. in New York City.  

April 27, 2012

U.S. Army General George W. Casey to be Honorary Guest at 2012 Class Day Ceremony

Dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) Peter J. Awn announced that U.S. Army General George W. Casey, Jr. will be an honorary guest at Class Day on Sunday, May 13. Casey will be present to celebrate the 41 U.S. military veterans graduating from GS this year—the largest number of undergraduate veterans to graduate from Columbia University since the period following World War II.