Commencement to be held Nov. 3

Columbia College-Freeport 

Columbia College will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees upon graduates at the Freeport campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 3. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, Freeport, Ill.

Dr. Kristi Miller, assistant professor of education, will give the commencement address. Dr. Eric Cunningham, associate dean for Adult Higher Education, will confer the degrees. Dr. Joe Kanosky, president of Highland Community College, will provide remarks, and Johnette Van Dien ’09 will lead the alumni charge.

“Our students work hard to reach this moment in their academic careers," said Cunningham. "Many of them complete their degrees while balancing education with jobs, families and other responsibilities. Commencement not only recognizes a job well done but also time well spent."

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.

The campus of Highland Community College, Columbia College-Freeport was established in 1996 and originated as a request by community leaders who wanted a four-year degree completion program in the city. Columbia College-Freeport is part of the college’s extended network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country.

Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois, located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, over 38 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third largest college alumni population in the nation.