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Columbia College holds winter commencement ceremony

Dr. Martin (Marty) Nemko, one of the nations' most sought-after experts on career and education issues, addressed graduates at the Columbia College winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20 in Southwell Complex on the college's historic campus.

More than 300 graduates participated in the ceremony. Of those, more than 115 graduates represented the collegeís Nationwide Campuses. Students from the college's campuses in Missouri, including Kansas City, Jefferson City, Christian County, St. Louis, Lake of the Ozarks, Fort Leonard Wood, Moberly and Rolla attended; and students from the Whidbey Island, Wash.; Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; and Lake County and Crystal Lake, Ill. campuses. The college's Evening Campus and Online Campus also were represented at the ceremony with 104 and 41 graduates, respectively.

In total, 31 associate degrees in fields other than nursing were awarded, plus 22 associate degrees in nursing; 241 bachelor's degrees; three master's degrees in teaching; 12 master's degrees in business; and two master's degrees in criminal justice.

Graduates of the nursing program participated in the Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 10 a.m. in Launer Auditorium.

Students' hard work, individual sacrifice, intellectual development and personal growth is recognized annually by Columbia College at 25 graduation ceremonies around the country. To learn more, visit the commencement page.

About the speaker:

Dr. Marty Nemko has been a career coach to 2,900 clients with a 96 percent satisfaction rate, is a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report, is a regular career and education expert on CNN Headline News' Comcast Local Edition in San Francisco and is a frequent guest on ABC, PBS, NPR and CNN. He will be the subject of a segment on ABC-TV's 20-20 in January 2009.

Nemko also has authored dozens of articles and several books, and appears frequently as an education expert on major radio and television shows. His articles on education have been published in the New York Times Syndicate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Family Circle, and the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine. He has been a consultant to 15 college presidents and to such entities as Consumer Reports and the Educational Testing Service. In ABC-TVís Summit on Education, he was introduced as "the Ralph Nader of education."

Nemko earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently was a member of its faculty. He is co-president of the National Organization for Men, which advocates fair treatment of men and women in the workplace, education, health care and divorce. His main sideline is acting and directing. In 2007, he directed Same Time Next Year, which won the Roar of the Crowd Award. That same year, he won the Chanticleers Best Director Award. In his spare time, he breeds roses; three of his varieties are now available commercially. He is also an accomplished pianist.

Nemko lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko, and his dog, Einstein. They have one daughter and are expecting their first grandchild in January.

A transcript of the commencement address is available on Nemko's blog.