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Columbia College to hold commencement Saturday, May 6
Graduates representing six Missouri campuses to attend

Graduates at Commencement[Columbia, Mo.] - U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof will address graduates at the Columbia College main campus commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6 in Southwell Complex (700 Range Line Road) in Columbia.

In addition to commencement, the college will hold the traditional Ivy Chain ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 6.

In total, the college will confer undergraduate and master's degrees on more than 850 students in May, representing a record number of graduates for the college. Of that number, more than 470 are expected to participate in the ceremony in Columbia. Students from 15 Columbia College Nationwide Campuses also will participate, including six Missouri campuses: Christian County, Fort Leonard Wood, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Moberly and Rolla.

Two students from the main campus in Columbia, Bethany Campbell and Amanda Mueller, are the college's first graduates of the DAYSTAR program. DAYSTAR is a four-year-plus program that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in an academic area, such as biology, math or history, plus a Master of Arts in Teaching. Students graduating from this program are certified to teach in Missouri at the elementary, middle or secondary school level. After earning their bachelor's degrees in May, both Campbell and Mueller say they will begin work on their master's degrees in teaching at Columbia College.

Mueller said the DAYSTAR program will help her accomplish her post-graduation goals. "I will be a qualified teacher with a great amount of experience in various types of classroom environments," she said. "DAYSTAR has taught me how to be determined and diligent, as well as hardworking. While the program has encouraged me to grow professionally, I think it has given me the chance to grow personally, as well."

Five students, Leslie Gaines, Kylie Perkins, Jamie Perry, Kriss Riles and Lori Wolverton, are the first graduates of the new Human Resources Program at Columbia College-Moberly, earning bachelor's degrees in business administration with majors in human resources.

Two exemplary non-traditional students also will earn degrees in May. Andy Snyder of Columbia College-Moberly will earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. Snyder, who is married and the father of three children, worked full time at Moberly Regional Medical Center as the inpatient rehabilitation coordinator while pursuing his degree. He is preparing to enter the Master of Business Administration program at William Woods University. Recognized in the 2005 International Who's Who of Students, Snyder also received the 2005 Frank Westling Scholarship for outstanding community service.

Dorothy ("Dori") Cantrell, 57, administrative assistant for Columbia College-Kansas City, is the first college graduate in her family. She had been out of school for more than 30 years. Cantrell began college courses at Columbia College-Kansas City in January 2004. In May, she will earn a bachelor's degree in business administration cum laude, but possibly magna cum laude depending on her final grade point average.