Army Master Sergeant, Reginald HurKansas  City, Mo. – April 18, 2012 – Grantham University, a 61 year old  institution delivering accredited  online degrees to working adult students around the world, has  selected Master Sergeant Reginald Hurt as its 2012 Outstanding Graduate. MSG  Hurt completed his Bachelor of Science – Multidisciplinary  Studies degree in December 2010 and his Master  of Business Administration – Project Management degree in April  2012, graduating Summa Cum Laude in both degrees.

On April 17, 2012, Dr.  Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives at Grantham  University, presented MSG Hurt with the Outstanding Graduate Award at the Distance  Education and Training Council's (DETC) 86th Annual Conference.

"I was honored to present  this award to such an outstanding candidate," said Dr. Cropsey. "Reggie truly embodies what it means to be a  successful working adult student. He started his courses at Grantham with a  goal in mind – to obtain his undergraduate degree and graduate with honors –  and went on to achieve that and so much more."

Since the inception of the  DETC Outstanding Graduate Program twenty-nine years ago, Grantham University  has awarded this honor to one of its graduates each year. Criteria for  this award include a GPA of 3.5 or higher, evidence that the graduate has made significant  contributions to society and his/her chosen profession, as well as an essay  submission demonstrating the graduate's application of knowledge and skills  acquired in the online classroom  to his/her career and community.

"I realized the importance  of a valid and useful degree," commented MSG Hurt. "I wanted to not just attend  college, but to retain and use my lessons throughout my career and future  endeavors."

MSG Hurt has served proudly  in the Army for the past 28 years. While on tour in Afghanistan, he provided  input for sewage, roads and infrastructure improvements for new facilities for  Afghanistan soldiers and police forces. MSG Hurt also served as the lead  engineer for the force protection analysis, planning and upgrades of Kabul’s  voting sites during Afghanistan's first ever election.

In August 2011, while  pursuing his master's, MSG Hurt was selected for Sergeant Major. He currently  serves as a senior enlisted advisor in the Army Sustainment Command. MSG Hurt  holds the Bronze De Fleury Medal, which is presented by the U.S. Army Corps of  Engineers, and a Bronze Star amongst his military awards.

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