Before his passing on Nov. 23, Wayne State Police Department Sgt. Collin Rose was just one credit shy of completing his Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution.
During his vigil in Gullen Mall on Nov. 29, President M. Roy Wilson announced Sgt. Rose would receive an honorary posthumous degree at the commencement ceremony in December. He also mentioned he would motion for a scholarship in his name.
During the Board of Governors meeting on Dec. 3, the Board unanimously approved President Wilson's motion of a $25,000 scholarship in Sgt. Rose's name.
Sgt. Rose's fiancé Nicole Salgot will accept the degree he was one credit short of completing at the December commencement ceremony.
Before the vote, each of the BOG members took a moment to say a few words and honor his life. President Wilson held back tears as he recalled his meeting with WSUPD Chief Anthony Holt saying this was the hardest week of his life.
"Rose was inducted as an officer in 2011 and quickly earned a reputation as a hard worker and self-starter. He was a patient and highly skilled dog trainer who developed the department’s canine unit to incorporate new capabilities. Outside agencies such as the Secret Service and FBI frequently sought out his abilities as a canine officer," according to the BOG statement.
"Today the Wayne State University Board of Governors is proud to commend Sergeant Collin Rose in recognition of his heroism, hard work, and selflessness. He serves as an inspiring example for the entire campus community of how valor and civil service can help build great communities, and his legacy as a hero will not be forgotten."