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Freeport campus to hold commencement ceremony Nov. 2

(FREEPORT, Ill.) -- Columbia College will confer 27 bachelor's and master's degrees upon graduates from the Freeport campus at a commencement ceremony Sunday, Nov. 2. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center in Freeport.

State Representative Jim Sacia will give the commencement address. Eric Cunningham, associate dean for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College, will confer the degrees.

“Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," said Cunningham. "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.

Columbia College-Freeport was established in 1996 on the campus of Highland Community College. The campus was originally requested by community leaders who desired a four-year degree program in the city.

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