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Students graduate from Summer Expeditions program at Columbia College June 25

WHO: Fourth and fifth grade students from Columbia Public Schools who participated in the Summer Expeditions program at Columbia College; Sharon Abernathy, director of financial aid; Dr. Chris Belcher, superintendent, Columbia Public Schools; Marsha Knudsen, Summer Expeditions coordinator; Nollie Moore, instructor of music and director of the Jane Froman Singers; and Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs.

WHAT: A graduation ceremony where students and parents will be welcomed by Knudsen and listen to a session on college affordability by Abernathy. Students will perform "Graduation Song" led by Moore, listen to remarks by Belcher and receive certificates from Smith. Columbia College partnered with Columbia Public Schools to offer an exciting array of hands-on activities to motivate students to pursue higher education through a weeklong program called Summer Expeditions. Each day students were bussed to the college, fed lunch, treated to a different activity and given an overview of college life. This graduation ceremony concludes the week's activities.

WHEN: Friday, June 25, 2010 Graduation ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia College - 1001 Rogers Street and 10th Street Lee Room, Dulany Hall Columbia College, a private, regionally accredited, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 28,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit