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Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood to conduct commencement Oct. 2

Columbia College will confer degrees upon graduates as part of the Fort Leonard Wood joint commencement ceremony Saturday, Oct. 2. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Baker Theater, Building 607, Iowa Street, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The college will award 38 associate and 72 bachelor's degrees. Dr. Thomas Nickolai, director of academic advising for Webster University, will give the commencement address. Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, will confer the degrees.

"Graduation is the culmination of students' efforts to improve their lives through education," said Brouder. "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.

Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood was established in 1974 to serve the military population and their families on the base and surrounding communities and is part of Columbia College's extended network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country.

Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 28,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit