Jeremy Sedeño receives diploma after overcoming mysterious illness

Military Veteran Receives Diploma in Special Ceremony

Texas Tech student was unable to participate in graduation after discovering an unknown illness.

A military veteran and Lubbock native recently received a special graduation ceremony in the foyer outside the Texas Tech University President’s Office after he was unable to walk across the stage in May due to an unknown illness.

Former Army medic Jeremy Sedeño, 38, who served a year in Iraq, returned to Lubbock to earn a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in secondary education.

Just days away from graduating with a master’s degree, Sedeño was admitted into the hospital for the flu. He was determined to overcome his illness and walk across the stage.

“I told myself, ‘I’m going to make it. I’m going to get out of here and walk across the stage. I can do this,’” Sedeño said.

His plans quickly changed when doctors found nodules on both of his lungs.