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Columbia College-Lake Ozark graduates record number of students during commencement April 25

Columbia College-Lake Ozark will graduate a record number of students during its commencement ceremony on Sunday, April 25, conferring a total of 76 degrees upon 90 graduates. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Granada Ballroom at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. A pinning ceremony for nurses will be held at 11 a.m. in the ballroom prior to the graduation ceremony.

Dr. Kristina Miller, assistant professor of education, will give the commencement address, and Dr. Gary Massey, dean for adult higher education, will confer the degrees.

"Graduation is the culmination of students' efforts to improve their lives through education," said Massey. "We are proud to honor their accomplishments."

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution, 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 Ozark campus was established in 1990. In 2004, a new 17,400-square-foot building was constructed, completed in spring 2005. The first classes held in the new facility began in June 2005.

Columbia College educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit