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Belcher Center Hosts First Commencement

Fall commencement ceremonies were held at a Longview university and for one student it was a long awaited graduation.  More than a hundred students graduated at ceremonies in the new Belcher Center at Letourneau University.  For Brandon Culp, 26 it was a personal victory.  Culp was nearly killed in a car accident in 2005, and almost gave up his education after a spinal cord injury left him in a wheelchair, but he was convinced by a professor to stay with it.

"Oh, I feel ecstatic," said Culp.  "It's finally nice to get this chapter of life completed.  I'd pretty much given up, and I was gonna try get a degree in a different area, and I was encouraged to finish my degree."  Brandon, who is from Pennsylvania, already has a job lined up in Philadelphia with an aero-structure company.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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