Columbia College commencement 2011

Graduation is a time of celebration for graduates and their families, a commemoration of a hard job well done.

On the main campus of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., commencement is marked by special events and two ceremonies. Here is a snapshot of graduation 2011:
  • Total number of graduates: 534
    • Bachelor’s degrees: 423
    • Associate degrees: 54
    • Master’s degrees: 57
  • Commencement speaker: Susan Wilson Solovic '80, best-selling business author, entrepreneur, attorney, Miss Missouri 1979, TV business commentator
  • Commencement ceremonies
    • Noon, Southwell Complex , master's and associates candidates and Day Campus baccalaureate candidates
    • 3:30 p.m., Southwell Complex, Nationwide, Online and Evening campus baccalaureate candidates
  • Ivy Chain ceremony, Bass Commons, 9:30 a.m. During Ivy Chain, one of the oldest commencement ceremonies in America, graduating seniors process onto Bass Commons where they are draped with a continuous chain of ivy. The ivy is then cut and each graduate retains a piece of ivy as a reminder of alma mater.
  • Nurses' Pinning Ceremony, Launer Auditorium, 2 p.m. Nursing graduates are pinned in a ceremony revived by Florence Nightingale; its roots date from the Middle Ages.
  • Number of Columbia College campuses represented: 16
    • Kansas City, Mo. – 12 graduates
    • Lemoore, Calif. – 2 graduates
    • Aurora, Colo. – 1 graduate
    • Online Campus – 97 graduates
    • Fort Stewart, Ga. – 1 graduate
    • Lake County, Ill. – 11 graduates
    • Crystal Lake, Ill. – 2 graduates
    • Jefferson City, Mo. – 53 graduates
    • Christian County, Mo. – 7 graduates
    • Moberly, Mo. – 7 graduates
    • Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. – 25 graduates
    • St. Louis, Mo. – 31 graduates
    • Hancock Field, N.Y. – 1 graduate
    • Rolla, Mo. – 4 graduates
    • Whidbey Island, Wash. – 1 graduate
  • Columbia’s Evening Campus – 171 graduates
  • Columbia’s Day Campus – 108 graduates

Congratulations to all graduates and their families that made it possible!


Renee M. Hamilton said...

Twas a blessed day and I thank God for bringing me this far to experience the commencement. I love Columbia College. I am proud to say I've earned my BSBA with major in Financial Services!!!

Anonymous said...

The guest speaker was very inspirational and the gentlemen that sung the National Anthem was phenomenal! Awesome experience.

Anonymous said...

I second that. The day was awesome and the singer was terrific! Thank you Columbia College for a great college experience!

Infinity Tungsten said...

I actually attended the commencement . . . I was on business for my company Infinity Tungsten and was on campus with nothing to do so I wandered in. Funny how things like that work. It was a beautiful ceremony.