DiplomasColumbia College officials announced today that as part of the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it will be hosting a virtual commencement celebration following the Fall semester. The in-person ceremony that was scheduled for December 19 will not be held.

“Our 2020 graduates deserve to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to staying the course in the face of unimaginable obstacles,” said Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple. “The decision to hold our commencement celebrations virtually was very difficult, but is in line with local health guidelines and consistent with our continued focus on keeping the members of our campus community healthy. While it is not ideal, we will do everything we can to make the virtual experience as memorable as possible.”

Students who have registered for any of the college’s commencement ceremonies that have been canceled due to the pandemic between March 2020 – December 2020 are eligible to participate in the virtual event.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for nearly 170 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 locations across the country, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College educates thousands of students each year and has more than 94,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit ccis.edu.