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Columbia College-Coast Guard Island to hold commencement May 16

ALAMEDA, Calif., May 15- Columbia College-Coast Guard Island will recognize graduates at a commencement ceremony Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. in Gresham Hall, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California.

Dr. Michael Polley, associate professor of history, will give the commencement address. Jerry Patton, assistant dean for Adult Higher Education, will confer degrees.

"We are pleased to honor our students' achievements," said Patton. "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-Coast Guard Island was established on Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay in 1976 to provide educational opportunities to Navy, Marine Corps and Army personnel stationed at the bay area's many military bases. On Aug. 9, 1996, the campus moved to Coast Guard Island and continues to serve military personnel, their dependents, public service personnel from the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol and civilians.

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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