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UMass to award Boston Marathon bombing victim posthumous degree

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( – Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell will be awarded a posthumous degree from UMass on May 31 in an ongoing effort to honor those injured and killed during the April 15 attacks, the university announced Monday.

Campbell, a former sociology student at UMass Boston, will be awarded the posthumous bachelor of art degree at UMass Boston's undergraduate commencement.

"Our community experienced a tremendous loss during the Boston Marathon attack," said J. Keith Motley, chancellor at UMass Boston. "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 is holding a moment of silence during commencement on each of its five campuses in memory of the four victims killed and in an expression of support for all those who were injured and impacted that day.

"The attacks one month ago have left a deep mark on this community, and our students, faculty and staff have come together to support all those impacted by this terrible tragedy," said Divina Grossman, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth. "We will continue to stand strong and work together as a community to honor the victims who were injured or lost their life that day."

UMass Lowell has established a Boston Marathon Scholarship fund to benefit those affected by the bombings, as at least one of its former students and an alumna were injured during the blasts. Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis will be the keynote speaker during the University's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 18.

At UMass Medical School, students, faculty, and campus officials will mark the extraordinary efforts of first responders with the planting of a peace tree. Fourteen members of the medical school community were volunteers in the Marathon medical tent at the time of the bombings and rushed to help victims.

UMass Amherst Minuteman Football Coach Charley Molnar invited Boston Marathon runners unable to finish the race to join him at the annual Spring Alumni Football game April 20 for a special ceremonial crossing of the finish line. During the game, football players also honored those who lost their lives with special jerseys bearing the names of the victims.

On the campus of UMass Dartmouth, students will plant a tree in honor of those affected by the attack. Student leaders also announced that they are organizing a Torch Relay to benefit the One Fund.

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