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Columbia College-Whidbey Island to hold commencement June 6

COLUMBIA, Mo., June 3- Columbia College-Whidbey Island will recognize graduates at a commencement ceremony June 6, at 5 p.m. at the NAS Whidbey Island Chapel, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Gary Oedewaldt, associate dean for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College, will give the commencement address. Mike Lederle, assistant dean for Military and Federal Programs, will confer the degrees.

"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-Whidbey Island was established in 2001 on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Columbia College-Whidbey Island offers three associate and four bachelor's degree programs in-seat 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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