Commencement ceremony Main Campus

The main campus hosts commencement ceremonies at the end of the Fall 16-week semester and the Spring 16-week semester. These ceremonies are held in the Southwell Complex Gymnasium on the historic Columbia College campus in Columbia, Missouri.

The ceremonies last approximately 120 minutes. Each ceremony is open to all master's, bachelor's and associate degree candidates who register and meet the eligibility requirements. Students graduating from our Evening Campus, Lake of the Ozarks, Rolla, Jefferson City and Springfield venues also participate in the Main Campus ceremonies. Students can learn more about requirements and eligibility for the ceremonies on the student info page.

Schedule

Main Campus Nurses' Pinning Ceremony

Conducted on the Friday evening before the commencement ceremonies, the Nurses' Pinning Ceremony is a traditional event marking students' transition from nursing school to nursing practice. Approximately 30 students participate in this unique event each year, which normally lasts one hour.

 
 

Directions to Columbia, Missouri Campus

From the North (Moberly)

Take Highway 63 south to the Broadway Exit. Turn right onto Broadway. Take Broadway to 10th Street. Turn right onto 10th street. Take 10th Street to Rogers Street. Columbia College will be straight ahead.

From the South (Jefferson City)

Take Highway 63 north to the Broadway Exit. Turn left onto Broadway. Take Broadway to 10th Street. Turn right onto 10th street. Take 10th Street to Rogers Street. Columbia College will be straight ahead.

From the East (St. Louis)

Take 1-70 west to Rangeline Exit. Turn left, follow Rangeline to Business Loop 70 (1st stop light). Turn left on Business Loop 70 and follow to College Avenue (1st stop light). Turn right on College and follow to Rogers Street (1st stop light). Turn right on Rogers Street and follow for two-tenths of a mile. Columbia College will be on your right.

From the West (Kansas City)

Take 1-70 east to Rangeline Exit. Turn right, follow Rangeline to Business Loop 70 (1st stop light). Turn left on Business Loop 70 and follow to College Avenue (1st stop light). Turn right on College and follow to Rogers Street (1st stop light). Turn right on Rogers Street and follow for two-tenths of a mile. Columbia College will be on your right.

 
 
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Campus tours

For a large number of our students, the commencement ceremony is the first time they have visited Columbia College's Traditional Campus in Columbia, MO.

Take a tour
 
 

Accessibility and special needs

Accessibility is important at Columbia College. If you or your party has any special needs, ushers stationed inside the Southwell Complex will be happy to assist you.

Graduates and guests are encouraged to complete the accommodations request form a few days prior to the ceremony. Please contact Student Accessibility Resources with any questions.

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Handicap parking availability

Handicap parking is available in multiple places around the venue. Note: After the ceremony, roads around Southwell Complex will be blocked for pedestrian traffic. Review our campus map for parking and directions.

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Wheelchair needs

Wheelchairs will not be provided at the venue. Those requiring a wheelchair are encouraged to contact a local private rental service.

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Deaf and hard-of-hearing needs

Columbia College offers an American Sign Language interpreter at each commencement. Please contact Student Accessibility Resources for reserved seating. Assisted listening devices are also available.


Food, gifts and flowers

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Cougar Café

The Cougar Café is located in the Atkins Holman Student Commons and will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The café has a variety of made-to-order deli-style sandwiches, chips, salads and Starbucks coffee.

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Concession stand

A concession stand is located in the Southwell Complex (site of the commencement ceremonies) and will open one hour prior to each ceremony and remain open during the ceremony. The selection for this event is limited to water, soda and candy bars.

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Cougar team store

The Cougar Team Store is located at the entrance of Southwell complex offering a nice variety of Cougar apparel & gift items. The Team Store will open one hour before ceremonies and remain open thirty minutes after the ceremonies.

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Bookstore

The Columbia College Bookstore is located in the Atkins-Holman Student Commons and will be open from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Bookstore offers a wide variety of gifts and clothing for Alumni and families. You may also visit the Bookstore website to see additional products offered.

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Alumni Association

The Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) has alumni merchandise available for purchase online . The CCAA offers a variety of alumni apparel and gifts. All proceeds support the Alumni Association.

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Photography

GradImages®, a professional photography company, will be taking student pictures during the ceremony. For more information please visit Grad Images .

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Flowers

Commencement Flowers, a professional floral retail service, will be on campus the day of the ceremony. Look for the kiosk at Southwell Complex. There will be a beautiful selection of fresh cut floral bouquets available for guests & graduates to purchase on site.

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Commemorative bricks Leave a legacy in stone

Engraved bricks can leave a lasting memory of your years at CC, honor a favorite faculty member, show your Cougar Pride, inspire future students with words to live by or congratulate a graduate. Bricks will be placed outside the new academic and residence hall. To get started, visit the Alumni Association giving page .