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Karen Buckley's father collects posthumous Masters degree from Glasgow university

The 24-year-old Cork student was murdered in April 2015,

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IN AN EMOTIONAL ceremony yesterday, Karen Buckley’s father collected her Masters degree she was studying for at the time of her murder.

The 24-year-old had only just moved from Cork to Glasgow at the start of 2015, to take up the course in Occupational Therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She was abducted and murdered by Alexander Pacteau on 12 April 2015 following a night out in Glasgow. Pacteau is currently serving a minimum 23-year sentence for the crime.

A statement from Glasgow Caledonian University to said: “On Tuesday 22 November, during GCU’s winter graduation ceremonies, Karen Buckley was awarded a posthumous Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (Pre Registration). Her family have asked that her achievements can be celebrated privately.”

Buckley’s father, John, collected the degree yesterday, according to attendees at the graduation ceremony.

A special memorial marking the first anniversary of her death took place in the Glasgow university and in her home town of Mourneabbey in Cork earlier this year.

Read: A chilling cover up: How police caught Karen Buckley’s killer

Read: “She won’t be forgotten”: 1000 turn out for Glasgow vigil to remember Karen Buckley

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