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Columbia College to hold commencement Saturday, May 5

Columbia, Mo.-Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, will address graduates at the Columbia College main campus commencement ceremonies at noon and 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 5 in Southwell Complex (700 Range Line Road) in Columbia.

Columbia College will hold two ceremonies to accommodate an increased number of graduates choosing to participate in commencement.

The college will confer undergraduate and master's degrees upon a total of nearly 900 students from the main and nationwide campuses and more than 460 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. For three of these graduates, the commencement holds a particularly special meaning.

Megan Muir wound up at Columbia College by chance. However, she made her mark on the school while attending the Day program.

Muir transferred to Columbia College from Stephens College in 2005 when the latter restructured its liberal arts program. A good friend encouraged her to transfer to Columbia College. Muir felt Columbia College would be a good match because she wanted to stay in the area and attend a small institution.

Just as Columbia College made an impression on Muir, she too, made an impression on the institution by changing its history. Muir achieved the highest Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in the history of the college. She attained 171 points on a scale of 121-180. She will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and will attend New York University School of Law in the fall. She plans to study international law.

When the college's administrators encourage their children to attend Columbia College, you know they stand behind the high-quality education students receive at the college. Two of the college's Day program graduates are the daughters of campus directors at Adult Higher Education sites.

Felisha Richards is the daughter of Leasa Richards-Mealy, director of the Rolla campus. Felisha will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Ashley Bonine, daughter of Kim Bonine, director of the Jefferson City campus, will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

Among graduates participating in commencement, more than 460 graduates will represent the college's Nationwide Campuses. Students from the college's campuses in Missouri, including Jefferson City, Christian County, Kansas City, St. Louis, Rolla, Moberly and Fort Leonard Wood will attend, as will students from the Ft. Worth, Texas, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Orlando, Fla., Hancock Field, N.Y., Crystal Lake, Ill., Park City, Ill., Whidbey Island, Wash., and Lemoore, Calif., campuses.

Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year through its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program.

The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. Columbia, Mo.-