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Serving overseas in Egypt with the Canadian Armed Forces didn’t stop Master Corporal Sean Kent from earning a degree from Georgian College.

Despite the distance of thousands of kilometres, Kent was able to study part-time and online to obtain his career-related Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) degree. Because of his posting, Kent couldn’t attend convocation ceremonies for his program at the Orillia Campus in October.

Instead, arrangements were made for Brigadier General R.P. Delaney to present him with his degree in Sinai, Egypt, on Nov. 8.

Kent is a member of Task Force El Gorah on Operation CALUMET. He is deployed on a peacekeeping mission that Canada has been part of since 1985 with the United Nations Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). The mandate of the mission is to “supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.”

Kent's six-month deployment is with the Force Military Police Unit, responsible for policing and maintaining discipline within the MFO as well as aiding in the security of MFO property.

“I was honoured to have my degree presented to me by Brigadier General (BGen) Robert Delaney,” Kent said. “BGen Delaney is the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal as well as the highest-ranking Military Police Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.”

“The hardest part of being deployed for an extended period of time is missing your family and friends,” he said “That being said, there is a special bond built with the fellow soldiers that you deploy with that helps fill the void. Having my degree presented to me while deployed was a very pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting to see it until I returned home.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Battista, Commandant, Canadian Forces Military Police Academy, Canadian Armed Forces at Canadian Forces Base Borden, helped make the presentation in Egypt possible.

“It was a great honour to have the Brigadier General present this award in person and we join him in congratulating Sean on his achievement,” said Joanne Campagna, Manager of Part-time Police Studies programs at Georgian.’

In the photo: Master Corporal Sean Kent (left) receives his Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) in Sinai, Egypt, from Brigadier General R. Delaney. Kent achieved his degree part-time, online, while serving overseas.

Article and photo courtesy Georgian College.



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