Military student has early graduation


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President Charlotte Warren prepares to hand Fall 2018 LLCC graduate his diploma in the R.H. Stephens Room on Jan. 16. Campbell is deploying to the Middle East with the Air National Guard, so he won’t be able to attend graduation in May. The college held an impromptu ceremony to award his diploma and honor his achievement.

Tess Peterson, Lamp staff

Fall 2018 graduate Ben Campbell will be deploying to the Middle East soon with the U.S. Air Force and won’t be able to attend graduation in May 2019.

Because Campbell, who started at Lincoln Land in 2010, will have to miss the commencement, college officials decided to hold a special fall ceremony for him. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, college leaders gathered for a personal ceremony for Campbell.

Campbell studied at Lincoln Land before joining the Air National Guard. He has been working on his degree for more than eight years, and he has had some setbacks that delayed completing his degree.

Campbell earned his Associate in General Education.

“The ceremony meant that I could do anything if I put my mind to it, and it’s just the beginning for me to show my ultimate potential to the world,” Campbell said. “I’m just so happy I kept up my end of the bargain with Lesley Frederick (vice president of student services). She is my biggest supporter and fan.”

Frederick said she was glad Lincoln Land was able to hold the commencement for Campbell.

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