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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 ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


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