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Columbia College-St. Louis to hold commencement ceremony July 28

Columbia College-St. Louis will confer 59 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Machinists Hall in St. Louis, Mo.

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," Dr. 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.

Established in 1973 at the Army Reserve Personnel Center, Columbia College-St. Louis shortly thereafter moved to its present location on Woodson Road. The campus has served adult learners in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees for military students and other working adults, serving nearly 25,000 students through its Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and Day Campus.