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Columbia College-Fort Sill to hold commencement April 25

FORT SILL, Okla., April 24- Columbia College-Fort Sill will recognize graduates at a military graduation celebration Friday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in Kerwin Auditorium in Fort Sill, Okla.

Brigadier General Christopher Bentley will be the featured speaker. Mike Lederle, assistant dean for Military and Federal Programs, will represent Columbia College. Other higher education institutions that will take part in the ceremony include: American Military University, Ashford University, Cameron University, Central Texas College, Columbia Southern University, Excelsior College, University of Oklahoma, Upper Iowa University, Wayland Baptist College and Webster University.

"We are pleased to honor our students' achievements," said Lederle. "The road to higher education is not easy, and commencement is a fantastic opportunity for our students and their families to celebrate this milestone."

Columbia College-Fort Sill was established in 2007 to meet the higher education needs of the personnel at one of the Army's largest installations and to serve the civilian population in one of the state's most thriving and fastest growing cities. Columbia College-Fort Sill offers a Bachelor of General Studies on campus as well as 27 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees online.

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Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

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