The University of Virginia announced Tuesday that it will honor the three student-athletes who died in a shooting last month with posthumous degrees.
The University of Virginia approved awarding posthumous degrees to Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry. Associate Dean Rachel Most, who served as dean of all three students at the university, initiated the application. #UVAStrong https://t.co/wBCIlxrsmK
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The three players were shot to death on a charter bus after returning home from a field trip to Washington, DC, on November 13. Two others, running back Mike Hollins and Marlee Morgan, were shot but survived and have been released from the hospital. .
According to Virginiasports.com:
The departments in the College of Arts and Sciences where the students studied and the Office of the Chancellor approved awarding posthumous degrees to Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry. Rachel Most, associate dean of undergraduate academic programs, who served as dean of all three students at the university, initiated the application.
Davis, a junior from Ridgeville, South Carolina, majored in African American and African studies. Chandler, a sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina, majored in American studies. Senior Perry, from Miami, majored in studio art and African American and African studies.
At Davis’ funeral on Nov. 30 in North Charleston, South Carolina, athletic director Carla Williams said it became clear from talking to Davis’s family “why earning his degree from the University of Virginia was so important to Lavel.” . He worked very hard for it.”
“Getting his degree from the University of Virginia was very important to Lavel,” Hollins said at Davis’s funeral in North Charleston, South Carolina, on November 30. “He worked very hard to achieve it.”