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Columbia College-St. Louis to hold commencement ceremony July 26

(St. Louis, Mo.) - Columbia College will confer 81 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates from the St. Louis campus at a commencement ceremony Saturday, July 26. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Machinists Hall in St. Louis.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, will give the commencement address and confer the degrees.

“Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," said Smith. "Graduation is the culmination of their efforts and the result of wanting to improve their lives. We are proud to honor their accomplishments."

Columbia College was founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, 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.

Established in 1973 as the college’s first extended campus, Columbia College–St. Louis is located on Woodson Road. The campus has served adult learners in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in business, criminal justice, psychology, human services, management information systems and general studies.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees to working adults, including military students, and serves 25,000 students worldwide.