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Columbia College-Aurora to hold commencement May 1

Columbia College will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees upon graduates at the Aurora campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1. The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 3200 South Parker Road, Aurora, Colo.

Dr. Gary Massey, dean for adult higher education, will confer the degrees.

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

Established in Denver in 1975, the campus moved to Aurora in 1979 after enrollments outpaced available space. In the early years, the campus served active-duty military personnel at Lowry Air Force Base, Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, retired military and corporate students from major companies in the area. Today, it continues to serve adult learners in the Denver area.

Columbia College-Aurora is part of the college's extended network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country. Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit