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Columbia College-Marysville/Everett to hold commencement ceremony May 19

Columbia College-Marysville/Everett will confer 54 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., in Everett, Wash.

Dr. Anthony Alioto, professor of history, will give the commencement address. Alioto has served as the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman chair in ethics, religious studies and philosophy at Columbia College since 2002 and is the author of two books. Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everett, Capt. Eddie Gardiner will give special remarks, as will Dr. "Bob" Blumenthal, an instructional icon at Columbia College since 1997. Degrees will be conferred by Mike Randerson, vice president of the Division of Adult Higher Education for Columbia College.

"For Columbia College graduates, the commencement ceremony is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to improve their lives," Randerson 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. The Columbia College campus at Naval Station Puget Sound at Sand Point served the greater Seattle area from 1975-1994. In 1995, the college moved to its current locations at Naval Station Everett and the Naval Support Complex at Smokey Point in Marysville. Today Columbia College-Marysville/Everett continues to serve active duty military service members, their dependents and the public.

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.