Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the spring 2012 commencement address for Columbia College, President Caroline Whitson announced today.

The ceremony will be held May 5 in Township Auditorium. Columbia College, which is in Columbia, will award degrees to approximately 235 undergraduate women's college and evening program students at spring commencement.

The event is not open to the public, but the college, closer to the event, will post details about watch it via video on the school's website.

"The global work of former President Clinton through his foundation is an inspiring model for our graduates who have been challenged at Columbia College to use their educations to make a difference in the world. President Clinton's mission to engage the next generation of leaders to solve global challenges is a message that is so fitting for our students," Whitson said.