Hoosier Hero missed his graduation, gets special ceremony after coming home

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INDIANAPOLIS - For the last seven months, Brandon Cole has been serving his country overseas in the Middle East.

Now he’s back home, but while he was serving in the Navy, he missed his college graduation at the University of Phoenix.

So this week, the university held a special graduation ceremony just for Brandon, an event that brought strong emotion.

“Today is a great day for me and everybody here,” said Cole. “It signifies emotions, struggle, accomplishment, frustration, joy and completion.”

Now, Brandon says he wants to get his Masters degree.

“It was amazing to allow him the opportunity to let him go through this, it was wonderful,” said Briana Houlihan with the University of Phoenix.

“It’s amazing,” said Cole. “I’m so happy.”