As guests walked the red carpet, they were greeted by models wearing creations by Columbia College alumni like Kendra DeKuiper, Agnes Hamerlik, Pedro Larios and Deana Mysliwiec. Student performance artists entertained guests during the reception and led them into dinner behind giant, oversize puppets.
Allen Turner, board chairman, and Dr. Warrick Carter, president, welcomed guests "on behalf of the college's 11,000 students." The evening's entertainment included more than 90 students, representing 11 departments, with presentations in music, dance, fashion and theater and closing with the Columbia College Gospel Choir singing "Can We All Come Together?"
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