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Columbia College-Orlando to hold commencement July 18

Columbia College-Orlando will recognize the 192 students who have completed degree requirements during the 2009-2010 academic year. A commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, will give the commencement address and confer the degrees with the assistance of Dr. Gary Massey, dean for Adult Higher Education for Columbia College.

"Graduation is the culmination of students' efforts to improve their lives through education," said Brouder. "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-Orlando was established in 1975 as part of the Navy Campus of the Naval Training Center. The campus later moved to its current location in 1999 when the Naval Training Center closed.

The campus 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 28,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit