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Columbia College-Rolla to hold commencement March 31

Columbia College-Rolla will recognize graduates at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Life Center in Rolla, Mo.

John Butz, city administrator for Rolla, will give the commencement address. Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military and federal programs for Columbia College, will confer the degrees. Dottie Taylor ’05, ’09 will provide the alumni charge.

“Commencement is the perfect time to recognize the commitment and dedication of our students," said McAfee. "The road to higher education is not easy, and we are proud to honor their accomplishments."

Established in 1992, Columbia College-Rolla was originally an extension of Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood. In 1996, due to enrollment growth, Columbia College-Rolla was established as a separate campus.

In September 2011, Columbia College-Rolla received a substantial gift from Springfield, Mo.-based philanthropist, Jim D. Morris. Morris made a donation of property with a building he owned in Rolla West, which will be used for a new Columbia College-Rolla campus. The building will include additional classroom space and a science laboratory. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be announced later this year.

Columbia College-Rolla offers six associate degrees, 11 bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree program on campus as well as 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit