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Columbia College-Fort Drum and Columbia College-Hancock Field to hold commencement ceremony April 27

(Syracuse, N.Y.)- Columbia College will confer 46 associate, 135 bachelor's and 28 master's degrees upon graduates from the Fort Drum and Hancock Field campuses at a commencement ceremony Sunday, April 27. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Oncenter Convention Complex in Syracuse.

Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, will confer the degrees and give the commencement speech.

"Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," Brouder said. "Graduation is the culmination of their efforts and the result of wanting to improve their lives. We are proud to honor their accomplishments."

Columbia College 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 began serving nontraditional students in 1975, the same year the Hancock Field campus was founded. To better meet the educational needs of working adults, including military service members, the Fort Drum campus opened in 2006.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees to working adults, including military students, and serves nearly 25,000 students worldwide.