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CC alumna addresses 155 new graduates in summer commencement

Emily S. Ward, special to The PostScript

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Columbia College awarded 101 undergraduate and 54 graduate degrees to students at commencement exercises Aug. 5 at College Place United Methodist Church.

The college honored graduates from the Women’s College, evening and online programs in a morning undergraduate ceremony and an afternoon graduate commencement.

Addressing undergraduates at the morning ceremony, the Rev. Tiffany D. Knowlin, pastor of Wesley UMC in Columbia, encouraged graduates “to explore their role in listening to and considering those the world may deem insignificant.”

Knowlin, a 2003 Columbia College graduate, holds a master of divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a master of urban policy studies from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Knowlin was the first female, first African-American and first person under 30 to serve as pastor at College Place UMC, where graduation ceremonies were held. She challenged new graduates to be “advocates for people who may not be able to speak for themselves. Will you go to live, work and transform the places where no one else will choose to go?”

Lisa Kennerly Livingston, a 1991 Columbia College alumna and president-elect of the college’s Alumnae Association, delivered the alumnae challenge to graduate students during the afternoon graduate ceremony.

Dr. Carol A. Moore, college interim president, reminded graduates that though their time at college is coming to a close, the term “commencement” signals a beginning. “Take the degree you have earned, the new-found knowledge and experiences, and be a part of transforming our world. As you have grown, help others to grow and reach new heights. You have a responsibility to use your education and your gifts for the betterment of our world.”

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CC alumna addresses 155 new graduates in summer commencement