Columbia College-Lake County to hold
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) - Columbia College will recognize graduates at the Lake County campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 20. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Genesee Theater, Waukegan, Ill. The event will recognize the 278 students who have completed degree requirements during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Kevin Palmer, chief information officer for Columbia College, will give the commencement address, and Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military and federal programs, will confer the degrees. Johnette Van Dien '09 will provide the alumni charge.
"Our graduates have succeeded in balancing their numerous responsibilities with their career goals," said Palmer. "We are proud to honor their accomplishments."
Columbia College-Lake County was established in 1972 at Fort Sheridan Army Base and later moved to Glenview Naval Air Base. Other moves included Waukegan and Park City. In March 2008, after 10 years in Park City, the campus moved to its present location in Gurnee.
The campus is part of the college's extended network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country.
Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution, 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.
Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 29,000 students each year and has more than 67,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.
(Contact: Jessica Royston, Public Relations Associate, 573-875-7596,