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Uploaded on May 17, 2010
It has come to our attention that a portion of our Valedictorian's remarks at this years School of General Studies Class Day was taken from a comedy routine by Patton Oswalt. As an institution of higher learning that places a core value on respect for the works of others, we were surprised and disappointed to have learned of this matter today. Columbia University and the School of General Studies do not condone or permit the use of someone else's work without proper citation. The student speaker has appropriately issued an apology to his classmates and to Mr. Oswalt for failing to provide such attribution.
Peter J. Awn Dean Columbia University School of General Studies
The School of General Studies of Columbia University is a liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full- or part-time. GS students take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates. This years class of 230 graduating seniors participated in its Class Day ceremony on May 16 where the schools valedictory was delivered. Two days later they joined some 12,000 other new Columbia graduates at the Universitys main commencement exercises which do not include student or guest speakers.
Columbia Commencement 2010 Full length version Class Day speaker: Jacques Pépin
Highlights: rendition of the national anthem by Lena Park '10 (1:16), Pres. Bollinger (8:05), Jacques Pepin (17:47), valedictorian Brian Corman (33:56), presentation of graduates (46:22).