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UT Arlington awarded nearly 4,000 degrees at its December commencement. But one—coincidentally, the very last one awarded—was particularly special. It went to Jeremy Smith, a Marine staff sergeant who was killed in combat in Afghanistan last April. Smith, 26, carried a 3.2 GPA and was just a few hours short of completing his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. About a dozen members of Smith’s family attended the commencement ceremony. Accepting the diploma on his behalf from School of Urban and Public Affairs Dean Barbara Becker were his wife, Rachel, right, and sister, Shayda Smith Heath.

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