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Retiring Columbia College president addresses graduates

Emily S. Ward, special to The PostScript

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Elizabeth Dinndorf, Columbia College president, addressed 181 students from the Women’s College, evening and online programs at commencement April 29 at Township Auditorium.

The college also recognized 20 graduate students in afternoon commencement exercises in Spears Concert Hall on campus.

Calling attending a women’s college a “transformational experience,” Dinndorf told graduates “If you are not slightly terrified or at least anxious about that new job or graduate school, you might not have reached far enough.”

She offered three lessons:

  • Take a leap even when you think you are not quite ready
  • Learn from mistakes and move on
  • Be intellectually curious and hungry to learn

Dinndorf retires from the college June 30 and will be succeeded by Dr. Carol Moore as interim president. Moore currently serves as executive vice president and provost.

Founded in 1854 by the United Methodist Church, Columbia College is one of the nation’s oldest women’s colleges. Men also attend the evening, online and graduate programs.

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