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December commencement is just around the corner. The commencement ceremony is at noon Dec. 18 and will be held in the Southwell Complex. The commencement speaker will be Bob McDavid, mayor of Columbia.
According to Angie Myers, coordinator of records management, 406 graduating students will participate in December commencement, including 43 Day Campus students, 129 Evening Campus students, 92 Online Campus students and 142 students from the Nationwide campuses. Students representing the Nationwide Campuses will arrive from four states: Georgia, Illinois, Missouri and Texas.
Graduating seniors are getting prepared for the event. Anton Lukyanov said he is looking forward to the ceremony and is ready to graduate. “I got OPT (Optional Practical Training), and I want to get a full-time job with good pay,” he said.
After degree candidates enter the Southwell Complex, Nollie Moore, instructor of music and director of the Jane Froman Singers, will sing the National Anthem. Next, President Gerald Brouder will introduce the commencement speaker. After the commencement address, students will file across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Students will be recognized on stage by their name and major. According to Kelly Sharp, assistant director of Evaluations, students’ minors are not announced, but students’ distinctions can be. For example, if students attended the honors program or earned teacher certification, these will be announced. Students who earn a baccalaureate degree with honors should have at least 60 hours in residence at Columbia College with a G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher. The President’s Award is a special honor given to students who have completed all their coursework at Columbia College and have earned a 4.0 G.P.A.
Sharp said Columbia College has 700 to 900 graduates every eight weeks on average, which represents about 3,500 students per year. Sharp said that graduation is special for her office because the Evaluation Department begins taking care of students when they start their college life. “It is great to see them get what they are working hard for,” she said. “The graduation ceremony is students’ last impression of Columbia College. I want to make sure that it is a good one for them.”
Graduates of the nursing program also will participate in the pinning ceremony at 10 a.m. in Launer Auditorium. The ceremony is a symbolic event at the college.
After the commencement ceremony, locations are available in the Student Commons for photographs. The bookstore and the Cougar Café also will be open that day.
For more information about the commencement ceremony, call Sharp in the Evaluations Department at (800) 231-2391.