Columbia State celebrates graduates with drive-through parade

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Columbia State Community College faculty and staff lined the Columbia Campus sidewalk during a drive-through parade to celebrate spring 2020 graduates on Saturday, June 27.

“It has been quite a wonderful celebration today,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “I, along with the faculty and staff, could not be prouder of our graduates.”

Graduates received a commemorative box that included their mortar board, tassel, stoles, cords, student honors awards, degree/certificate and more. The boxes were presented in front of the Hickman building by cheerful Columbia State faculty and staff. 

In lieu of a traditional ceremony, Columbia State will hold a virtual commencement July 18 at 10 a.m. 

“We are disappointed that due to the coronavirus pandemic we could not safely come together as a group in our traditional ceremony,” Smith said. “However, we are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates with a virtual ceremony. We are so proud of them.”

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