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Columbia College-San Luis Obispo to hold commencement May 30

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., May 29 - Columbia College-San Luis Obispo will recognize graduates at a commencement ceremony Friday, May 31, at 6 p.m. at the Cuesta College Student Services Center, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Mike Kateman, executive director for Development, Alumni and Public Relations at Columbia College, will give the commencement address. Dr. Eric Cunningham, associate dean for the Division of Adult Higher Education, will confer the degrees.

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

Originally established in 1998 as an extension of the Los Alamitos campus, Columbia College classes in San Luis Obispo were first held on the California National Guard base, located adjacent to Cuesta College. A distinct Columbia College-San Luis Obispo campus opened in 2001, and operations were relocated to facilities on the Cuesta College campus with the establishment of a partnership with Cuesta College. Today the college continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in San Luis Obispo County.

Columbia College-San Luis Obispo is approved to offer five bachelor's degree programs in-seat as well as 23 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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