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Mother accepts diploma for deployed Minnesota Soldier

While deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait with the 1st Battalion 151st Field Artillery, Spc Lina Knox, 175th Forward Support Company (FSC) Soldier of Coon Rapids, Minn, was scheduled to graduate from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Law Enforcement on Dec 15  As she was unable to attend the graduation ceremony, her mother, Joyce Knox, stepped in to accept the diploma

Joyce was very proud to be a part of the ceremony, carrying Spc Knox's photo with pride as she crossed the stage with the approximately 920 other graduates receiving Bachelor's or Master's degrees

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Spc Knox's professor Dr Susan Hidal, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professor spoke very highly of her  Hidal said Spc Knox was very involved and focused on her studies as well as being a kind and fun person
 
Spc Knox's ambition toward her schooling did not end when she was called to active duty   Spc Knox was first deployed in June of 2008, following her junior year, with A Co, 834th Aviation Support Battalion  While on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Spc Knox extended her tour to join the 175th FSC

"Spc Knox completed her entire senior year, taking independent studies and online courses, while deployed," said Bruce Holzschuh, Metropolitan State University Veterans Services Coordinator

Metropolitan State University has approximately 900 veterans, military service members, and their family members currently enrolled, Holzschuh said 

Since Spc Knox was unable to attend the ceremony, the university will send the diploma and graduation medallion to the unit commanding officer for presentation in Kuwait

Joyce said Spc Knox plans to continue her education, as she has started to apply for admission to a Master's Degree program

By Sgt Jodi Krause
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
15 Dec, 2009






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