Columbia College and Stephens College hosting commencement ceremonies this weekend

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 | 5:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia College and Stephens College will host their commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Columbia College

Columbia College will have two commencements, an ivy chain ceremony for graduating seniors and a nurses’ pinning ceremony.

The total number of graduates from its extended campuses is 533, including 422 bachelor's degrees, 57 master's degrees and 54 associate degrees.

Susan Wilson Solovic will speak at both ceremonies. Solovic, a Columbia College graduate, is an author of books about women in business including “The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success,” a contributor to business news segments on ABC and MSNBC and was the 1979 Miss Missouri.

Here’s the schedule of the ceremonies at Columbia College:

  • Ivy chain ceremony: 9:30 a.m. on Bass Commons outside St. Clair Hall at Columbia College. Ivy chain is a commencement tradition started in 1900.
  • First commencement ceremony: Noon in Southwell Gymnasium. The ceremony is for all day campus, master’s and associate degree candidates.
  • Nurses’ pinning ceremony: 2 p.m. at Launer Auditorium.  The ceremony is for main campus nurses.
  • Second commencement ceremony: 3:30 p.m. at Southwell Gymnasium. This ceremony is for all nationwide, evening and online campus baccalaureate candidates.

Stephens College

Stephens College will host two ceremonies on Saturday. President Dianne Lynch will confer 171 bachelor’s degrees, four post-bachelor’s degrees and 57 master’s degrees. A total of 199 graduates are expected to participate in commencement.

Graduate and continuing studies ceremony: 10 a.m. in John and Mary Silverthorne Arena at Stephens College. The keynote speaker will be Gillian Silver-Rodis, managing partner of Strategic Resource Consulting Group and member of the Stephens College graduate faculty.

Class speakers include Dawn Sherrill of Columbia, who will receive a master of education degree in counseling, and Mary R. Minkin of Woodland Hills Calif., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies.

Traditional undergraduate ceremony: 1 p.m. in John and Mary Silverthorne Arena. The commencement speaker will be Gail Collins, author and columnist at The New York Times. Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 and in 2001 was named the first woman editor of the newspaper's editorial page.

Class speaker is Sascha Streckel of Kempner, Texas, who will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater arts.

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