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Father of murdered Karen picks up her posthumous Masters degree

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

The grieving father of murdered student nurse Karen Buckley accepted a posthumous degree on his daughter's behalf at a heart-breaking graduation ceremony in Glasgow.

John Buckley accepted the master's degree during the ceremony at Glasgow's Caledonian University yesterday.

In a statement released to the 'Irish Examiner', the university confirmed last night that the degree was conferred posthumously on the 24-year-old from Mourneabbey, Co Cork, who was brutally murdered on a night out while attending the university in April 2015.

"On Tuesday November 22 during Glasgow Caledonian University's winter graduation ceremonies, Karen Buckley was awarded a posthumous Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)," the statement read.

"Her family have asked that her achievements can be celebrated privately."

Some of the graduates and guests attending the ceremony took to social media to describe the poignant scene as Mr Buckley collected the degree for his daughter.

Her killer, Alexander Pacteau, pleaded guilty to murdering the popular young occupational therapy student after she left a nightclub in the city following a night out with friends.

Her dismembered body was found north of the city following a massive search.

In September 2015, Pacteau, described by Glasgow High Court judge Rita Rae as a "callous and calculating killer", was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 23 years.

Such was the universal abhorrence of his crime that prison authorities were forced to transfer Pacteau to another prison due to threats.