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Columbia College—Salt Lake to hold commencement ceremony Aug. 9
Friday, August 01, 2008

(SALT LAKE CITY) — Columbia College will confer 58 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates from the Salt Lake campus at a commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 9. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.

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

“Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," said Brouder. "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.

The Salt Lake campus was established in 1975 at Fort Douglas Army Education Center, and in 1989, moved to Decker Lake Drive when the base closed. In order to improve accessibility and increase visibility, the campus moved again in January 2008 to its present location near Interstate 15 and 5300 South in Murray.

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