Columbia College awards first honorary degree in nearly 30 years
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.