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A degree after death: UND awards rare posthumous degree to Texan

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GRAND FORKS — Among the hundreds of University of North Dakota students graduating Friday was Ross Boxleitner, a spacesuit engineer from the Houston area.

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He died there in 2011, leaving behind an all-but-complete thesis. The university decided that was close enough for graduation and he was given a Master’s of Science in space studies.

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Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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