PHOTO: EILEEN BARROSO
Globalization, Personal Responsibility Are Themes Of Class Day,
By Alex Sachare '71
A year that began with the tragic events of September 11 ended
in joy and jubilation as approximately 1,000 members of the Class
of 2002 celebrated their graduation at Class Day on May 21 and at
Commencement the next day.
Dean Austin Quigley, speaking on South Field on a glorious,
sunny morning, urged graduates to uphold their responsibilities as
citizens of the world and to "shoulder personal responsibility to
make it a better world. Your happiness will come not just from the
goods that you acquire, but from the good that you do."
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David J. Stern '66L, commissioner of the National Basketball
Association, chair of Columbia's Board of Trustees and keynote
speaker at Class Day, spoke of globalization and urged the
graduates to "commit to furthering your elders' understanding of
different cultures." He compared Class Day to "a very special Most
Valuable Player ceremony, where trophies are about to be awarded to
1,000 distinguished recipients. Use your trophies wisely."
Salutatorian Daniel S. Immerwahr '02 took up the theme of
globalization, declaring, "Global politics are our politics. The
notion that America can turn away from the world has been erased by
the events of September 11." Immerwahr challenged his classmates to
take as much as they could from their Columbia experience and use
it for the rest of their lives.
Kareen Rozen '02 was recognized as valedictorian, and special
awards and prizes were given to Colleen C. Hsia '02. Johnathan
Reese '02, Stefanie C. Tsen '02, Charles E. Donohoe '02 and Patrick
W. Pearsall '02.
A presentation was made to Jerry Sherwin '55, outgoing president
of the Alumni Association, for his tireless work on behalf of the
students of the College. Another presentation was made, by the
chairs of the Class of 2002 Fund Committee, to Dean Quigley: an
envelope containing the name of each senior who had donated to the
College Fund and helped the Class of 2002 achieve a record
participation rate of more than 50 percent. "It is our hope that
our senior gift has set us on a path of giving back to the College
as alumni," said Ali Hirsh '02.
At Commencement, outgoing President George Rupp bestowed seven
honorary degrees, including one to his successor, Lee Bollinger
'71L. Others went to former Senator George Mitchell, author Joan
Didion, Brown University President Ruth Simmons, Later American
literary scholar Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, neuropsychologist
Brenda Milner and MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music Jack
Beeson. George Yancopoulos '80, '86 GSAS, '87 P&S, was awarded
the University Medal of Excellence, which is given annually to an
alumnus who has made significant contributions to society.
In his ninth and final commencement address, Rupp spoke of the
challenges posed by globalization, saying, "We are all at Ground
Zero. Our destiny cannot be divorced from the fate of the rest of
the world. One challenge we face together is to make globalization
work for the impoverished as well as for the wealthy." Rupp also
spoke of the need for a balanced relationship between private
incentives and public standards, saying that the private
marketplace works best when there are "rules of the game that all
the players respect."
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