UMass Boston will award a posthumous degree this month to Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell, a former sociology student at the college, school officials said Monday.
Amid the bustle and celebration of graduation, all five UMass campuses are also pausing during their respective commencements to honor Campbell and the other bombing victims with a moment of silence.
UMass Boston will bestow the degree on Campbell, who grew up in Medford and studied at the Boston campus from 2005-2007, at the school’s graduation ceremony May 31, according to a statement from the office of UMass President Robert L. Caret.
“Our community experienced a tremendous loss during the Boston Marathon attack,” UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said in the 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.”
Other UMass campuses are taking steps to honor those affected by the bombings.
UMass Lowell has established a Boston Marathon Scholarship fund, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis will deliver the keynote speech at the school’s commencement ceremony Saturday.
UMass Medical School and UMass Dartmouth both plan to plant trees in honor of the bombing victims, and the Dartmouth campus is planning a Torch Relay race to benefit the One Fund for the weekend of July 5 and 6, the statement said.
UMass Dartmouth has found itself in the international spotlight following the attacks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the accused bombers, was a former student, and three of his college friends have been charged with trying to cover up his role in the attacks.
On Sunday, at its commencement, UMass Dartmouth paused to honor the bombing victims and the heroes who rushed to aid them. The quiet was punctuated by chants of “USA, USA, USA.”