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Dayton graduates from Kaplan

CHICAGO — Erin Dayton of Lynnville has been awarded a master of arts degree in teacher education from Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation.

Dayton’s accomplishment was celebrated during a graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 in Chicago. Harold Ford Jr., a former U.S. Representative, was the commencement speaker.

The Kaplan University summer 2010 class, which included more than 4,200 graduates, earned associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees — as well as professional certificates — completely online. Hundreds of them traveled from around the country and the world to attend the ceremony, meeting face-to-face for the first time. Kaplan University has graduated nearly 27,000 online students since it began offering web-based degrees in 2001.

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. The university, which has its main campus in Davenport and its headquarters in Chicago, is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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