The University of Massachusetts Boston announced Monday it will award a posthumous degree to former sociology student Krystle Campbell, who died in the bombings at the Boston Marathon last month.
“Our community experienced a tremendous loss during the Boston Marathon attack,” Chancellor J. Keith 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.”
Campbell will be awarded a bachelor of arts degree at UMass Boston’s undergraduate commencement on May 31. The campus also held a Service of Healing and Reconciliation shortly following Campbell’s funeral.
“The Boston Marathon bombings have deeply impacted all of us and we want to show our support for those who were hurt or killed, along with the first responders and other caregivers who responded so heroically that day,” said Robert L. Caret, president of the UMass system. “I’m proud of the way our students, faculty and staff have rallied in support of all the lives permanently altered by this attack, and our campus communities are truly embodying the spirit of ‘Boston Strong.’”