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Columbia College-St. Louis to conduct commencement Sept. 25

Columbia College will confer associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees upon graduates at the St. Louis campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, will give the commencement address and confer the degrees with assistance from Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military and federal programs for Columbia College.

"Graduation is the culmination of students' efforts to improve their lives through education," said Smith. "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-St. Louis was established in 1973 and was located for a short time at the Army Reserve Personnel Center, then moved to its current location on Woodson Road. The St. Louis campus was the first extended campus for Columbia College and is now part of the 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