UA RazorBug delivers diplomas to 2022 graduates in Fort

The University of Arkansas’ RazorBug is touring throughout the River Valley this month to deliver diplomas to its Global Campus graduates. 

In Fort Smith, graduates personally received their diplomas at their home or workplace.

The RazorBug is a converted red Volkswagen beetle that sports a Razorback snout, tail and razor-edged spine. It has been used for recruitment and special events since 2005. It continues the tour through south Arkansas with stops in Magnolia and El Dorado this week.

More than 440 students who studied in online degree programs applied for graduation in May.

Cheyenne “Star” Lowrey-LaGrone received a diploma for her Master of Science in Nursing from Jan Emory, a UA associate professor of nursing.

Cheyenne “Star” Lowrey-LaGrone, right, of Fort Smith receives a framed diploma for her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Jan Emory, University of Arkansas associate professor of nursing.

Lowrey-LaGrone was previously an EMT, now she teaches pre-nursing classes at the Peak Innovation Center for Fort Smith Public Schools. 

Lowrey-LaGrone said it was special to receive her diploma. She had attended a small ceremony for her undergraduate degree during the pandemic. Some family members weren’t able to attend due to being sick with the COVID-19 virus.

“It’s been a hectic year,” she said. “We had two foreign exchange students living with us but shows that you can do it, if you put your mind to it you can do anything you want.”

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