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Columbia College-Whidbey Island to hold commencement ceremony May 18

(Whidbey Island, Wash.)- Columbia College-Whidbey Island will confer 85 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the CPO Club, located in Oak Harbor, Wash. at 1080 W. Ault Field Road.

Dr. Anthony Alioto, professor of history, will give the commencement address. Alioto has served as the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman chair in ethics, religious studies and philosophy at Columbia College since 2002 and is the author of two books. Degrees will be conferred by Mike Randerson, vice president of the Division of Adult Higher Education for Columbia College.

"For Columbia College graduates, the commencement ceremony is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to improve their lives," Randerson said. "We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of each graduate on this special day."

Columbia College, founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, was the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. Columbia College-Whidbey Island was established in 2001 on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and today, it continues to serve civilian and military learners in the area.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable on-campus and online degrees, serving nearly 25,000 students each year through its 32 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Evening Campus, Day Campus and Graduate Studies Program.