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Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks to hold commencement ceremony May 18
Monday, May 12, 2008

(Osage Beach, Mo.)- Columbia College will confer 85 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates from the Lake of the Ozarks campus at a commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

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

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

The Lake of the Ozarks campus, which was founded in 1990, moved to a state-of-the-art facility adjacent from the original building in 2005. Today Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks continues to serve the Lake area.

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