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Remarkable journey far from over for graduating ASU student Cory Hahn

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was three years ago when Cory Hahn was paralyzed from the chest down during one of his first baseball games playing for Arizona State University.

Since that life-changing moment, Hahn was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 and continues efforts toward walking again. Hahn received his Bachelor of Arts in business Wednesday from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Wells Fargo Arena.

"When you come to a school that you love, you never want to leave, but at the same time I have great opportunities ahead of me," Hahn said. "Everything that I've gone through at ASU is all coming back to me (this morning). It's emotional.

"I suffered an injury that was a little tough to handle but coming back to school and graduating is very rewarding. Even though you suffer something catastrophic, you can still succeed."

Hahn said he's going to have a few days off before starting a job with the Diamondbacks.

"I'm not sure exactly yet what my role will be. We're still ironing out details. I'm ready to help the organization any way that I can."

His mother, Chris Hahn, said her son is tenacious and will accomplish everything that he sets out to do.

"I've already cried a couple of times," she said. "As soon as I saw him this morning it was the culmination of what a parent strives for. I couldn't be more proud of him. This is a special day."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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