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Columbia State Community College will wrap up its 50th Anniversary by hosting the “Flip-Flops, Formals and Funky Ties” gala on May 13. The event will take place on the Columbia Campus in front of the Frank G. Clement Building and will include live music, dancing, dinner and cocktails.

“We’re excited to host this event for our alumni and community supporters,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “This is our capstone event of ‘50 years of Opening Doors to Opportunities,’ our yearlong anniversary celebration for alumni, faculty, staff and our community throughout south central Tennessee.”

The gala, hosted by the Columbia State Foundation, will be a celebration of the first 50 years of Columbia State’s commitment to higher education excellence, as well as provide a look at what the future holds for the college as they embark on the next 50 years.

Attire for the evening is formal wear with guests’ choice of flip flops and their best funky ties.

Entertainment will be provided by Atlanta-based variety band, Mo’ Sol. The high-energy group combines a rock solid rhythm section and some of Atlanta’s finest horn players, covering a wide range of styles and songs. Mo’ Sol’s diverse repertoire has something for everyone.

A limited number of tickets are still available and are $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 931.540.2512 or at Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

About Columbia State

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit

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