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Columbia College to hold commencement ceremony May 10

Columbia, Mo., May 7, 2014 - Columbia College will hold two commencement ceremonies at noon and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10. 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. The Ivy Chain ceremony, which was first held in 1900 and honors graduating seniors, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Bass Commons.

Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College, will give the commencement address and confer degrees. 2,208 students will graduate, with a total of 539 students walking at commencement. Of that number, 85 associate degrees will be awarded, 398 bachelor’s degrees and 85 master’s degrees.

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 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit