UMass Boston Awards Former Student Krystle Campbell with Posthumous Degree; Scholarship Fund Set Up

May 31, 2013

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Scholarship Fund Established for Campbell by UMass Trustee

Chancellor J. Keith Motley awarded a posthumous bachelor of arts degree to former student Krystle Campbell, a victim of the April 15 bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon. The degree was presented at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s 45th commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 31.

Campbell’s family was in attendance at the ceremony, and her brother, William Campbell III, accepted the degree on behalf of the family. Campbell attended UMass Boston from 2005-2007 as a sociology student.

“Our community experienced a tremendous loss during the Boston Marathon attack,” Chancellor Motley said. “Krystle was a wonderful part of our campus community, and we wanted to recognize her contributions and impact through the awarding of this posthumous degree. She was a great student and friend to many, and she will be greatly missed.”

UMass Trustee Richard Campbell and his wife, Barbara, have designated a scholarship for UMass Boston students in honor and in memory of Krystle Campbell, their fellow Medford native who happens to share their surname.

The fund will support scholarships and other projects that advance young women, like Campbell, interested in pursuing careers in business. Those interested in donating to the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund should visit

“Krystle hailed from the same neighborhood in Medford as me, graduated from Medford High School as my wife and I did, and attended the University of Massachusetts Boston as did I,” Richard Campbell said. “We feel a kinship with her and have great empathy for her family on losing such a vibrant, energetic, and beautiful daughter.”

The university’s posthumous degree policy states that a person is eligible for a posthumous degree upon completion of at least 96 undergraduate credits, 30 of which must have been in residence at UMass Boston, completion of at least 80 percent of their curricular requirements, and attainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

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