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(Salt Lake City)- Columbia College–Salt Lake City will confer 82 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.
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. The degrees will be conferred by Dr. Gary Massey, associate dean for Adult Higher Education and the director of the Online Campus.
"For Columbia College graduates, the commencement ceremony is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to improve their lives," Massey 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.
Located off Interstate 215 one-half mile north of the E-Center, Columbia College-Salt Lake City was established in 1975 at Fort Douglas Army Education Center. Today, it continues to serve adult learners in the Salt Lake City 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.