Scholars Day is a special event that
honors high school seniors with outstanding academic records.

Make your reservation to attend our 2017 Scholars Day, which takes place February 11, 2017 by completing the Scholars Day Registration Form. For more information, you may call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803.786.3871 or 800.277.1301.

Columbia College Scholars Day is an interacitve experience for students and parents. Your visit will include interaction with faculty and campus community members who will play a vital role in your Columbia College experience. We invite you to come make connections with other prospective students, to learn about our outstanding Honors Program, and to be recognized for your academic achievements at the Scholars Day Luncheon.

The Luncheon is catered at no cost to you, but we ask that you limit your guests to two.  Any guests under 12 are discouraged from attending this particular event.

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During Fall and Spring semesters Columbia College programs offer a variety of arts events that welcome the public to experience live music and theatre performances, art exhibitions, and dance concerts held on campus.

Columbia College has a four venues that host student and faculty performances as well as guest artists. In recent years, the campus has welcomed the Cambridge American Stage Tour for standing-room only Shakespearean plays, renowned choreographers such as Jane Comfort, internationally recognized musicians, and visual artists from the nationally renowned to local sensations.

The primary arts venues at Columbia Columbia College are:

Upcoming Events: Spring 2017


  • 3-4 Dance Faculty Concert, 7:30pm, CT
  • 10-11 Dance Open House Weekend
  • 14 To Go Show 12:30, GB 205
  • 21 To Go Show 12:30, GB 205
  • 28 To Go Show 12:30, GB 205
  • 23 Student Recital, 12:30 p.m. CH, SCA


  • 6-10 Spring Break
  • 21 Student Recital, 12:30 p.m. Room 137, SCA
  • 23 Lecture/Recital, Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson, cello, 4:00 p.m. CH SCA
  • 28 Savannah Jones, Senior Voice Recital, 7:00 p.m. CH SCA
  • 31 Spring Musical, A Grand Night For Singing, 7:30 p.m. Cottingham Theater


  • 1 Spring Musical, A Grand Night For Singing, 7:30 p.m. Cottingham Theater
  • 4 C.C. Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 6 Student Recital, 12:30 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 6 Emily Block, Senior Voice Recital, 7:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 7 Stephanie Villamizar, Senior Voice Recital, 4:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 7-8  Spring Choreographers Showcase, 7:30pm, CT
  • 10 Jazz Combos Recital, 7:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 11 Spring Choral Concert, 7:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 14 Easter Break
  • 17 Imani Wiley-English, Senior Cello Recital, 7:00 p.m. CH, SCA
  • 18 Spears Fest
  • 20 Taylor Isaac, Senior Voice Recital, 7:00 p.m. CH SCA
  • 24-28 Music Juries
  • 26 Music Town Hall Meeting, 1:00 p.m. SCA 137
  • 29 Commencement

For more information:
Cottingham Theatre Box Office 803.786.3850 / 803.786.3651

Spears Center for the Arts: 803.786.3810

Goodall Gallery 803.786.3899
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. 

Tradition and culture makes a school special (as do the students, faculty, and staff). Columbia College students and alumnae know that our campus is full of special traditions that date back to the earliest days of our alma mater. Here are just a few of the wonderful traditions at Columbia College:

Big Sister & Little Sister Program

The mission of the Big Sister & Little Sister Program is to establish meaningful relationships between first-year students and members of the junior class.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Christmas Tree lighting officially begins the holiday season on campus. Students, faculty, staff and guests gather around the Columns and enjoy Christmas carols and fellowship around the official College Christmas tree.

Commencement Bibles

One of Columbia College oldest traditions is the presentation of a Bible to each graduating senior, personally signed by members of Columbia College's faculty and staff. Autographing the Bibles has been not only a meaningful activity for members of the Columbia College community, but also an enjoyable social occasion.

Dad's Night

Begun in 1968 as Dad's Day, this event has become a special tradition for Columbia College women and their fathers or special male guest. Held in February, this is a great night for fun and fellowship and includes a dance and games.


Sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the Columbia College Follies are original skits presented by students to foster class unity, creativity, and originality. Proceeds from this annual February event go toward ODK scholarships. The first Follies was held in the early 1950s.

Galilean Service and Graduation Communion

The Galilean Service is a worship service of Holy Communion, which is held during Fall Orientation. This time of music and quiet reflection is the first worship service that new students have together. It is intended to unite new students and help them begin the college journey with a spiritual focus. The college journey also ends with a spiritual focus, in a final worship service the afternoon before graduation. Graduation Communion is a time for graduating seniors to celebrate and worship together.

Junior Ring Ceremony

During President Guild's administration in the late 1920s, class rings were presented to juniors in a chapel ceremony near the conclusion of the junior year. In 1928, the senior class, in academic cap and gown, and the junior class, in white dresses, marched into chapel singing the Alma Mater. The rings, which symbolized the devoted years of mental, physical, and spiritual development, were then formally presented by the College president. By 1942, it had become tradition for the junior class president to receive her ring first and then assist the College president in distributing the rings to the other class members. The ring ceremony is held annually in November.

Ludy Bowl

The annual Ludy Bowl celebration, which started in 1955, is named in honor of Miss Lucille Godbold, a beloved long-time employee of CC. “Miss Ludy” was a 1922 Olympic gold medalist, and taught in the Physical Education program. She was loved by all who knew her, and the flag football game with sophomores and seniors competing against the first-years and juniors, is played in her honor each year.

Mom's Day

A tradition since 1972, Mom's Day gives Columbia College students the opportunity to share an enjoyable day with their mothers or a special female guest. Held in November, Mom's Day includes an address by a keynote speaker, lunch in the Dining Hall, and a variety of other activities.

Savory Award

The Savory Award is given each fall in memory of Dr. Jerold "Jerry" Savory, a long-time faculty member and academic leader at Columbia College, greatly admired by students, faculty and staff. Dr. Savory was recognized during his 26 years at the College for his commitment to personal and academic excellence, ethical leadership, spiritual values, and the well-being of the Columbia College community. This award seeks to honor the Columbia College senior woman who most exemplifies the ideals that guided Dr. Savory's life.


Surcies are unexpected gifts, and are a special way that Columbia College women show others they care. These small gifts can be purchased for special occasions or for no reason at all. Contact the Alumnae Office at 803-786-3645 for information on the surcie packages they offer.

The Doll Collection

The Columbia College Doll Collection is housed in the parlor of Alumnae Hall. The tradition began in 1954, during the centennial celebration, when the Alumnae Association decided to dress a doll to represent each of the decades of CC’s existence. In the years following, each class was challenged to dress a doll that represented the popular styles of dress or something special to the women of that year. In 1993, a new tradition was added, and each senior class began to model its doll after the recipient of the “Most Womanly” award, which today is known as the Savory Award—in memory of Dr. Jerold Savory, a long-time faculty member who passed away in 1998. The result of this tradition is a visual history of the diverse women of CC – where we’ve been, and where we are headed.

The Fountain

The fountain in front of the Breed Leadership Center is well known by the Columbia College students for one of the most unique traditions. According to the custom, when a fellow Columbia College student gets engaged, it is her friends’ duty to lure her to the fountain and throw her in as a symbol of her new accomplishment. The trick is to get the soon-to-be bride to the fountain without her knowing and do it with as much grace as possible. It requires some tricky planning but it is all worth it when you see a fellow friend drenched in the fountain scrambling to get out searching for a towel and promising revenge. 

Diversity Days

Early in the Spring semester, Columbia College sponsors a series of programs and events intended to highlight issues of diversity. The content of the program ranges from academic offerings to performances and social activities, with the goal of raising awareness and increasing understanding of the similarities and differences that exist within our diverse community.

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