Commencement

Columbia Great Grad 2016 Natacha Diels
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Texas and New Mexico, Natacha Diels considers herself a nomad. She spent most of her life, however, in New York City, where she attended New York University, graduating with degrees in flute performance and integrated digital media.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Mounir Enenbach
Mounir Ennenbach has been fascinated by weather since he was 12 years old, when an aunt gave him the rain gauge he used to create a small weather station in front of his home in Amman, Jordan. Now a student of earth and environmental engineering.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Kathleen Bachynski

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Kathleen Bachynski, who is receiving a doctorate in sociomedical sciences, studies the health risks of youth sports. Her dissertation on the dangers of football has been widely praised and was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Luis Gabriel Hoyos

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Luis Gabriel Hoyos was 18 years old in 2005 when he came to the U.S. from his native Colombia with a scholarship to attend Vassar College. Shortly after he graduated, he testified before an immigration judge in Houston on behalf of an uncle.
Columbia Great Grads 2016 Kevin Tyan, Jason Kang and Katherine Jin
Friends since freshman year, Kevin Tyan, Jason Kang and Katherine Jin entered the 2014 Columbia Design Challenge on Ebola and created an additive that improves decontamination and ensures healthcare worker safety.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Bianca Howard

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Bianca Howard led a pioneering study on energy consumption in New York City that resulted in a popular interactive map aimed at giving urban planners, policy makers and engineers the information they need to find sustainable solutions for the city.
Columbia Great Grad 2016 Armando Torres-Garcia
Armando Tonatiuh Torres-Garcia got to the Journalism School after residents in his hometown of St. Helena, Calif., raised money for his tuition. An undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. as a baby, he hopes to be an on-air reporter. “There are so many things happening worldwide that I want to get my hands on,” he says.
Dyan Summers Columbia University Grad 2016

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When Dyan Summers’ patient suggested he might have a disease called “Zika Fever” in 2013, she was dubious. In her 15 years as a certified nurse practitioner specializing in tropical medicine, Summers had diagnosed malaria, Dengue fever and more.
Telegram Winston Churchill to Fackenthal Columbia University
In 1946, Columbia conferred an honorary degree on Winston Churchill, who had been prime minister of Great Britain when that nation was among the last holdouts to Nazi domination of Europe.
Ben Hoover Columbia University Grad 2016

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Ben Hoover was working as a neuroscience researcher in a Johns Hopkins lab, and weighing a career in medicine, when he realized he might be able to combine his fascination with the brain and passion for theater into a new way of telling stories.

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