Commencement

Will Geary
As Will Geary leaves the Engineering School he’ll start executing his ideas at CitySwifter, an Ireland-based startup using deep learning to optimize city bus networks.
Gordon Penn
Gordon Penn honed his craft studying with renowned professors, including Tony winner David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, as well as Charles Mee, Anne Bogart and Arnold Aronson.
Camille Zimmerman poses with basketball in her uniform in front of a gazebo
Basketball wasn’t even Camille Zimmerman’s favorite sport when she was growing up. Now she graduates as the highest-scoring player in Columbia history.
Que’Nique Mykte’ standing by a column, wearing a black suit, white shirt and gray tie

Photo by Eileen Barroso

As a slam poet and spoken word artist, Que’Nique Mykte’ Newbill knows how to tell a story. And he’s decided to do that through the language of law.
Andrew McCormick
Andrew McCormick spent seven years as a naval intelligence officer. But even before he arrived at Columbia Journalism School last August, McCormick had a lot of the skills required of a good reporter.

Editor's Note: This is a transcription of President Lee C. Bollinger's Commencement address to the Class of 2017.

The Columbia University Commencement Ceremony of the 263rd Academic Year is this Wednesday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. Morningside Campus will be extremely busy leading up to and during the Ceremony.

Lorna Hale
When Lorna Hale was in seventh grade, she and her parents decided that she wouldn’t go to the local school in Bremond, Texas, population 918, where they had their family farm and Hale did livestock exhibition, training animals to pose and walk in front of judges.
Victor Lee

Victor Lee was rejected by Columbia twice—once when he applied to the College, and later by the University’s College of Dental Medicine— was before he accepted in 2013. But he says he’s glad it turned out that way.

Elise Bixby

For a sixth grade science project, Elise Bixby wanted to test the effectiveness of her grandmother’s osteoporosis medicine on bone density. She carefully put chicken bones into separate Styrofoam cups, with and without the medication, and entered the county science fair.

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