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Columbia College to hold commencement on Saturday, May 7
Friday, May 06, 2005

Rep. Judy Baker, a democrat elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004, will address more than 400 graduates at the Columbia College main campus commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Southwell Complex (700 Range Line Road) in Columbia, Mo.

Baker is an adjunct professor of managerial economics at Columbia College and president of Cura Healthsystems Solutions where she also acts as a healthcare consultant. In addition to her legislative duties, Baker serves as vice chair of the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund and is a member of the American Association of Healthcare Executives and the Columbia Kiwanis Club.

Baker holds a bachelor's degree in educational psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master's degree in divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a master's of health administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In total, Columbia College will confer undergraduate and master's degrees to more than 800 students from the main and extended campuses, including Janet Jackson of Dallas, the first Columbia College student to earn a degree completely online. Jackson will receive a bachelor's degree in general studies with minors in psychology and sociology.

In addition, the annual Ivy Chain Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 on Bass Commons. This year's ceremony will be the largest in recent years, with 125 students expected to participate. The Nurses' Pinning Ceremony will take place at 11:15 a.m. in Launer Auditorium, with 23 students expected to receive their pins.