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Columbia College to hold commencement ceremony Dec. 15

Columbia College will hold two winter commencement ceremonies at noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. These ceremonies will take place at the Southwell complex, just north of Rogers Street on the Columbia College main campus. Students graduating from the nursing program will be recognized at the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony at 2 p.m. in Launer Auditorium.

Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for graduate studies, will give the commencement address. President Gerald Brouder will confer degrees to a total of 326 students. Of that number, 74 associate degrees will be awarded, 225 bachelor’s degrees and 27 master’s degrees.

Of note, Columbia College professor Dr. Joann Wayman will carry the ceremonial mace, which marks the second time in Columbia College’s history a woman has done so. The honor of carrying the mace goes to the senior-most faculty member.

“I’m the first woman in a very long time,” said Wayman. “It’s time for a woman to carry it - this college was instituted as a female college, and I think it’s time.”

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 Nationwide 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. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit