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Columbia College-Coast Guard Island to hold commencement ceremony June 2
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

(Alameda, Calif.)- Columbia College-Coast Guard Island will confer 41 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at Gresham Hall on Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, will confer the degrees and give the commencement speech.

"For Columbia College graduates, the commencement ceremony is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to improve their lives," Brouder said. "We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of each graduate on this special day."

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.

Last year, Columbia College–Coast Guard Island celebrated 30 years of serving military and working adult learners. The campus was founded in the Bay area in 1976 on Treasure Island Naval Station. After 20 years of operation on Treasure Island, the naval station was decommissioned, and the campus moved to Coast Guard Island in Alameda. Today, it continues to serve military personnel, their dependents and other working adult learners in the area.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable on-campus and online degrees, serving nearly 25,000 students each year through its 32 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Evening Campus, Day Campus and Graduate Studies Program.