It was a moment head coach Kyle Flood always saw coming, but the pride remains strong in seeing one of the program's greatest ambassadors reach another milestone.
"Eric getting his degree this year is something that we're proud of, but it's just one more step along the way of what will be many, many more accomplishments to come for Eric LeGrand," Flood said.
LeGrand often credited assistant director of academic support Jenna Beverly with his strides in the classroom after his injury. Beverly received credit from Flood as well, and has been critical to the focus on academics in the Hale Center.
That includes Eric LeGrand, who will receive his diploma three-and-a-half years after his injury suffered at the Meadowlands.
"I never had any doubt that, along the way, Eric would graduate," Flood said. "I would see him in the study halls in the Hale Center and being a part of my radio show every week – those are things we always talk about. I'm proud of him. It will be another accomplishment along the way of many accomplishments that he will achieve in his life."
Miscommunications aside, LeGrand is set to speak at the university's commencement ceremony where he joins former New Jersey governor Tom Kean.
"I don't know that there could be a better speaker for those graduates to hear than Eric LeGrand," Flood said. "I know that he'll do a tremendous job delivering the message, and him being up there is a great example for students at our university of how to overcome obstacles that are in your way."