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(Fort Stewart, Ga.) - Columbia College will confer 248 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates from the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield campuses at a commencement ceremony Thursday, July 24. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Fort Stewart Post Chapel in Fort Stewart. Col. Thomas Vandal, deputy commanding general for the third infantry division, will give the commencement address. Rene Massey, assistant dean for Adult Higher Education, will confer the degrees. "Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," said Massey. "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. Located on Hunter Army Airfield in the Education Center, Columbia College–Hunter Army Airfield was established in 2002. The Fort Stewart campus was established that same year. Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees to working adults, including military students, and serves nearly 25,000 students worldwide.