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Columbia College-Lake County to hold commencement ceremony Aug. 25
Friday, August 17, 2007

(PARK CITY, ILL.)- Columbia College of Missouri-Lake County will confer 177 associate and bachelor's degrees upon graduates at a commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for Performing Arts in Grayslake, Ill.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean of academic affairs for Columbia College, will confer the degrees and give the commencement speech.

"For Columbia College graduates, the commencement ceremony is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to improve their lives," Smith said. "We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of each graduate on this special day."

Columbia College, founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, was 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 at the intersection of U.S. Route 41 and Washington Street in Park City, Columbia College–Lake County was established in 1973 at Fort Sheridan Army Base. Today, it continues to serve adult learners in the area.

Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees for working adults, including military students, serving nearly 25,000 students through its Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and Day Campus.