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Columbia College-Freeport to hold commencement ceremony Nov. 4

(Freeport, Ill.)- Columbia College-Freeport will confer 43 bachelor's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center in Freeport, Ill.

Dr. Ann Bledsoe, assistant professor of mathematics, will give the commencement address, and René Massey, assistant dean of Adult Higher Education, will confer the degrees.

"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."

Located on the Highland Community College campus in the Student Conference Center, Columbia College–Freeport was founded in 1996. 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 provides accredited, affordable degrees for working adults, including military students, serving 25,000 students each year through its 32 campuses nationwide and online.