UMass Boston to award bombing victim posthumous degree

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Krystle Campbell was one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
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The University of Massachusetts Boston will pay tribute to one of the people killed in the Boston Marathon bombings by posthumously awarding a victim her degree. 

Krystle Campbell, 29, had been a sociology student at the school, UMass Boston said in an announcement Monday. She will be awarded a bachelor of arts degree at the school’s commencement May 31.

“Our community experienced a tremendous loss during the Boston Marathon attack,” UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said in a statement. “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 was one of three people killed when the bombs went off on Boylston Street on April 15.

UMass system President Robert Caret said he is proud of how the university community rallied in support after the attacks.

“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,” Caret said. “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.’”

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