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Navy Ship Delay Doesn't Stop MPH Student From Having Graduation Ceremony

Have you ever been running late to a really important event?  Typically, we can still make it right on time or maybe just a few minutes late and there are minimal consequences.  Now consider if you were aboard a Navy ship, out to sea, and it is running behind schedule.  This ship being on schedule is critical for you to be able to attend your graduation ceremony.  You are hoping for a miracle but unfortunately the ship doesn't make it to port on time and you miss it.  This is exactly what happened to Petty Officer 3rd Class, Francis Oladipo.  Francis had completed his graduate program in public health and was planning to be back in time to graduate, June 17th, with everyone else.  His family from Nigeria even made the long trip to San Diego to be here for the ceremony.

National University, working along with the Navy, was able to organize a special graduation ceremony to honor Francis's completion of his degree.  It was held inside President David Andrews' office on Tuesday.  Not only did his family get to attend the ceremony before they left on Wednesday, but the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services, as well as his shipmates and commanding officer were in attendance.

Francis has plans to continue on with his service in the Navy by enrolling in the officer program for healthcare administration.  Congratulations Francis and thank you for your continued service to our country!


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