A posthumous bachelor's degree for Craig County Deputy Sean Cookson was given to his wife during Northeastern State University's graduation ceremony.
Cookson had just accepted a position with the Sheriff's Department when he died in a car crash earlier this year.
"I wish Sean could have been here to see everybody," his wife said. "He was super proud to be a deputy of Craig County. He only got to serve about two weeks, but he loved every day of it. Every day he came home with a new story."
Cookson played in NSU's band - and was the school's mascot, Rowdy the Riverhawk, for the last two years.
He died February 27, 2017 at age 23.