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Grantham University

April 27, 2009 09:26 ET

Grantham University Recognizes 2009 Outstanding Graduate

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - Grantham University (, an online university serving working adult students around the world, today announced Walter "Cal" Smith as its 2009 Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Outstanding Graduate. Smith decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, so he could advance further in his field. He was chosen for his outstanding academic achievement and his contributions to his profession and the community.

"We're very proud of Cal Smith. He is truly an outstanding graduate," said Dr. John LaNear, president of Grantham University. "We know how difficult it is for working adults to pursue their higher education goals. Yet, Cal excelled in his studies at Grantham while balancing family and work responsibilities."

Criteria for the DETC Outstanding Graduate Award included a GPA of 3.5 or higher, significant contributions to society and to their chosen profession and a written essay addressing their education and its application to their career and community.

Smith entered college right after high school, but struggled because he "lacked the maturity and discipline" that was necessary for success. Sixteen years later, after being passed over for job interviews and promotions, he decided that completing his degree would be the best way to advance his career.

Because of work restrictions, Smith had a difficult time attending a traditional university. Not only did he quickly go through vacation time so he could attend class when his work schedule wouldn't otherwise permit, he also wasted time commuting to and from school. That's when a manager told him about Grantham University.

"Grantham's flexible schedule allowed me to shift time and effort between work and school when my job needed to take priority," said Smith.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Smith served in several security roles safeguarding nuclear weapons, nuclear explosive devices, special nuclear materials and classified materials. He designed and deployed the first "Virtual Fence Line" extended-range intrusion detection system used to protect nuclear weapons for the Department of Energy (DOE).

Smith currently works for Sandia National Laboratories, assisting the U.S. Navy as a technical advisor for strategic weapons protection at Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University is a private institution that specializes in online education for the working adult student. Its mission is to provide accessible, affordable and academically challenging online courses and degree programs that prepare its graduates for careers in business, engineering technology, computer science, criminal justice, information technology and other professional fields. Grantham University offers a military scholarship and discount program for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans and military family members, as well as scholarships for law enforcement professionals. Grantham's courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty (TDY) or from almost anywhere in the world. Grantham University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). For more information, visit or call 1-800-955-2527.

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