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Columbia College-Lemoore to hold commencement ceremony May 25
Monday, May 22, 2006

(LEMOORE, Calif.)--Columbia College-Lemoore will confer 28 associate and 23 bachelor's degrees to students at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in the Base Theater on Naval Air Station Lemoore.

The ceremony will be a joint commencement for Columbia College, Chapman University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, West Hills College and Lemoore High School. Dr. Terry Smith, Columbia College executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, will confer Columbia College degrees.

"Commencement is an opportunity to recognize student achievement with faculty, staff, friends and family," said Smith. "We are proud of the accomplishments of our Lemoore campus graduates."

Denise Randall, a graduating business administration major, will be the Columbia College commencement speaker. She has served in the Navy for 18 years and is a structural mechanic first class. Randall has appeared on the Columbia College dean's list, was awarded the Frank S. Westling Scholarship and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Randall, who will graduate magna cum laude with a 3.8 GPA, says it was a challenge to earn a degree while balancing her naval career and being a wife and mother.

With her degree complete, Randall plans to pursue a career as an author. She also has considered becoming an elementary school teacher through the Troops to Teachers program, which helps military personnel earn teaching certificates and enter the education field.

Located on Naval Air Station Lemoore in Building 826, Hancock Circle, Columbia College-Lemoore was founded in 2001. Today, it continues to serve military and working adult learners in the area.

Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and its more than 30 Nationwide Campuses.