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Honorary Degree Recipients
Each year at its spring Commencement exercises, Columbia College Chicago confers honorary degrees on individuals whose record of outstanding achievement in the arts, education, public service, or journalism and the media exemplifies the college's mission and core values. The college will recognize the following five honorees on May 17 and 18.

Your Invited! Special Parent Reception at Manifest
Manifest is our end-of-the year festival celebrating the work of graduating students. Even if you student is not graduating, it is a great time to experience the vitality of our campus community.  Join us for a champagne toast at the Parent’s Reception before kick-off at the Great Convergence at Manifest!

Purchase A Congratulatory Message For Your Graduate
Celebrate with your graduate and be a part of history. The Columbia Chronicle will publish and distribute a special graduation section in our May 12th, 2014 issue, honoring the Columbia College Chicago Graduates of 2014.

2014 Commencement Tickets and Details
If your student graduated in fall 2013 or is preparing to graduate this spring, make sure you are up-to-date on all things Commencement! 

Preferred First Name
To build a welcoming and inclusive community, Columbia College Chicago now allows students to use preferred first names on campus.

School Announces New Curricular Pathways
Designed to enable new learning pathways for our students, the School of Media Arts (SMA) has created three new majors: Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing, from existing concentrations. These majors will be effective for fall 2014. 

Columbia College Chicago appoints new SVP/Provost
Kent State University Dean Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., to assume duties on July 1, overseeing college-wide academic affairs, enrollment management and admissions.

New Lounges for Students
For many students, school can be a stressful environment with little opportunity for relaxation. Columbia’s Student Affairs Department and Campus Environment decided to make five new “family rooms” to make a more comfortable student environment on campus.

The Learning Studio: A Lifesaver for Hard Classes
The Learning Studio is a resource for all students who need some academic support. From tutoring to computer lab space to supplemental instruction, they got you covered. We get the scoop on the best way to use this amazing resource on campus.

1098-T Forms Available January 31st

You and your family may be eligible for higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college.  Read on for information regarding tax deductions and credits you may be eligible to claim.

Important Change to the Commencement Schedule
Is your student in the Marketing Communication or Interactive Arts and Media programs?  If so, read on to learn about an important change to their commencement schedule.

Statement on Campus Closures
Given the weather conditions that we have faced so far this winter, I think it would be helpful to communicate our institution's general policy on school closures to the wider college community.

How to Launch A Creative Career
Larry Minsky, marketing communication professor, offers solid advice based on his lengthy experience in the advertising field that is focused on how to start a career, build a portfolio and create a network of likeminded people to help propel you to the top of the competitive job heap.

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
It’s that time of year—crisp air, colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and…the flu. Nothing came make life more miserable than a cold that doesn’t die or the “death” flu. Here’s how you can stay healthy this flu season.

Scholarship Week Workshop
Scholarship Workshop: A workshop for students to gain tips and valuable information regarding the scholarship search both here at Columbia and externally. The topics covered will be how scholarships fit within the overall financial plan, the application process and timeframe, what makes a strong essay and portfolio, and the resources available to you throughout the application process.

The Learning Studio: A Lifesaver for Hard Classes
Learning Studio is a resource for all students who need some academic support. From tutoring to computer lab space to supplemental instruction, they got you covered. We get the scoop on the best way to use this amazing resource on campus.

Columbia Has a Basketball Court?
The rumors are all true. Columbia students now have access to an indoor basketball court at facilities shared with Roosevelt University, located at 501 S. Wabash. The court is open for free gym time at set periods throughout the week, listed below, and will also be used for intramural sports and special events.

Why Your Student Should Visit Their College Advisor
From the first time your student enters Columbia through graduation, the college advising center is a resource for academic support.

How Your Student Can Stay in Contact with SFS
During these next few weeks, the amount of guidance students request from Student Financial Services (SFS) increases substantially.  With that being said, we want to be sure you know your options when seeking guidance from SFS.  After the jump is a list of resources students can utilize.

Share Your Student's Success!
It is hugely important to us to capture the jobs, performances, exhibitions, publications, internships, awards, and other successes of our Columbia College Chicago Community. Tell us what your student has been up to! 

College Welcomes New President
Columbia College Chicago welcomes Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A., as president and chief executive officer of the college, beginning July 1. 

Student Retail "Facelift"
To start summer school, eight students from the Fashion Studies Department embarked on a six day excursion to give a local store in Northport, Michigan, what they called a retail “facelift” for their Visual Merchandising Immersion Class. 

Artists Tackle Sports
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) wants you to think about photographs as more than smart-phone selfies and facebook wall posts

Celebrating William Russo
Columbia College Chicago presents Celebrating William Russo: Artist and Educator, a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the seminal figures in Chicago’s music, theater and educational communities on December 7.

2013 Alumni of the Year Recipients Announced
As an annual tradition, Columbia College Chicago will honor Alumni of the Year during spring commencement ceremonies on May 18-19. These three alumni, whose work and dedication to their craft is a tribute to the Columbia College spirit and ideal, are true success stories and have helped to author the cultural fabric around them. This year’s honorees include:

Graduation day is finally here! Make sure to capture this momentous time in your life by ordering a graduation DVD. It includes footage of every graduate crossing the stage at the historic Chicago Theatre and all of the speakers and performances from the ceremony, so you won’t miss a moment. Plus if you order early, you can save 20%.

2013 Honorary Degree Recipients
Each year at the Columbia College Chicago Commencement, we honor outstanding individuals in the arts, education, politics and public information - people who have engaged their great talents in important human service and whose life work and example embody the college's ideal and spirit.

New President and CEO Announced
After an intensive five-month search, Columbia College Chicago appoints Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim as the institution's 10th president and CEO. 

2013 Commencement DVD
Graduation day is finally here! Make sure to capture this momentous time in your life by ordering a graduation DVD.

2013 Commencement Details and Tickets
Commencement is right around the corner, so here is what you need to know...

Parent Weekend at Manifest
Parent Weekend at Manifest is our third installment of the mini Parent Weekends of the 2012-2013 academic year. RSVP now!

Message about the March 5 Malfunction of the In-Building Notification System
A notification to the college community about the March 5 malfunction of the in-building notification system. 

Columbia College Chicago’s Library is a mecca for resources — all designed to meet the academic and informational needs of students.

Columbia’s International Student Organization helps to bridge that gap international students may face coming to Columbia from another country, but it’s also a great way for non-international students to make awesome friends, learn about other cultures and help with great events.

Priority deadline has passed, but there is still time! 

You and your family may be eligible for higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college. Click here for information regarding tax deductions and credits you may be eligible to claim.

As the spring semester gets underway please be sure you aware of a few important dates, as well as several resources available to  your student.

You and your family may be eligible to receive higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college.

The Art of Giving
ShopColumbia hosts its 4th Annual Holiday Market Dec. 6-8, as it takes over the first floor of 623 S. Wabash Ave. to showcase the work of Columbia College student and alumni artists.

Graduation Applications Are Now In Oasis
Is your student ready to graduate?  All undergraduate students should apply to graduate a year before they expect to graduate. Graduation applications are now available inside OASIS. 

Your Student's Web Portfolio, Your Student's Future
There are many things your student can do with the fast-approaching winter break. Many students will be travelling to get some much needed rest and relaxation. But there is a way to jumpstart a career from wherever you are at over the upcoming holiday without having to get out of pajamas: starting with a web portfolio.

The priority deadline to submit your 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 1st. If you do not have your taxes filed by this time, use estimated income figures to submit your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

2013 Commencement Schedule Announced
The 2013 commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 18th and 19th.  Schedules and details are listed in the full article after the jump! 

Wrap up Your Financial Semester
The holiday season is here and the end of the semester is near. The office of Student Financial Services (SFS) would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season and also remind you of a few items to wrap-up in preparation of the coming spring semester.

Students Get Real-World Reporting Experience on Election Night
As the 2012 presidential election unfolded on November 6, Columbia College Chicago students were on the front lines, covering the breaking political news as it developed and gaining real-life experience as political reporters during the most-watched night of political coverage in four years.

Alumna Aidy Bryant Joins SNL Cast
Columbia College Chicago theatre alumna Aidy Bryant (B.A. ’09) is one of three new cast members hired by NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” 

Student Illustration Wins First Place
Rhiannon Taylor, a sophomore in the Fiction Writing Department, recently received a major accolade for her work by placing first in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest for illustrations that were inspired by her science fiction and fantasy writing.

Make Sure Your Student Can Register On Time
In order to register for the upcoming semester, your student account must be in good standing. If a hold is placed on a student account, they will be notified via Loopmail or by phone. Financial Registration Holds will begin on October 15th. 

Graduation Block Party
Graduating undergrads and graduate students are encouraged to stop by, grab lunch and get their commencement check list started! 

Gay Pride on Campus
Columbia College Chicago was included in the recent Campus Pride list of the top LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the country, with four of a possible five stars overall. .

Parent Highlight Weekends: Save the Dates!
In response to your feedback we have planned three mini Parent Weekends, designed to give you more free time with your student to enjoy our unique artistic community.

Is Your Student Living On-Campus?
So you’re looking at your student waving in the rearview mirror in front of the University Center, you may be holding back tears and that’s okay! But what’s next?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Learn about Columbia's revised Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Is Your Student A Commuter Student?
If your student will still be living with you at home, you are facing an equally difficult transition as your student learns to manage a new academic and social life, while their home life might still feel the same. Here are a few tips on how you can make that change a bit more manageable (for both of you).