Columbia College awards first honorary degree in nearly 30 years

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, December 20 2014 Dec 20, 2014 Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:28:00 PM CST December 20, 2014 in News
By: Mark Bergin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - For the first time in nearly thirty years Columbia College awarded an honorary degree during its winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Columbia College presented a doctor of humane letters to Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew in World War II and a 1978 business graduate of Columbia College, Kansas City.

A news release from Columbia College stated, "An honorary degree is awarded to an extraordinary individual who demonstrates the values the college champions in its mission and goals."

Ronald McGee, a retired Air Force captain and Charles McGee's son, gave the commencement address.

The college conferred degrees to 327 students.

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