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CNU: 2012 graduate with 4.0 GPA wasn't the first

A surprising fact announced at Saturday's graduation was clarified by Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible today.

While presenting an academic award, he said that graduate Marie Farley was the first senior during his 16-year tenure to leave CNU with a "perfect 4.0."

The fact nagged at me, so I checked in with CNU's spokeswoman to check if Farley was the first graduate at CNU in its 50-year history to earn that GPA.

She confirmed the information was correct, as reported in Sunday's story. Today, I got this email from Trible:

"I misspoke at graduation when I awarded the Gregory Klich Academic Achievement Award to Marie Farley and announced that she was the first perfect 4.0 "in the 16 years that I’ve served as President of CNU."

"My colleagues tell me three other CNU students began and completed their academic careers at CNU with 4.0 GPAs during my years -- Corinne Hoffman in 2003, Phyllicia Hoffman in 2005 and Melissa Elliott in 2006."

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