When identical twins Grace (CGS’18, Pardee’20) and Claire Golder (CGS’18, CAS’21) entered BU in January 2016, their plan was to graduate together four years later. It seemed only natural. Their parents, Peter and Melanie Golder, adopted the sisters from China, and growing up in Hanover, N.H., the girls did everything together. When it came time to look at colleges, they decided they wanted to be in a big city. Boston—and BU—seemed the perfect fit. They enrolled in the College of General Studies, starting in the London program. Claire went on to the College of Arts & Sciences two years later, where she studied psychology, while Grace chose to pursue a degree in international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies. During their time at BU, they roomed together and made numerous friends together.
Their plan, always, was that they’d finish their college years walking onto Nickerson Field with the rest of the Class of 2020 for Commencement. But when Claire took her junior year spring semester off, it made her officially a member of the Class of 2021, and they weren’t sure they’d be able to stick to their plan.
When last spring rolled around, Claire decided that instead of graduating with the Class of 2021, she wanted to wait until she could join Grace, as they’d always planned.
In our video, Claire and Grace talk about why it was important to them to end their college careers as they began—together.