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CU grants posthumous degrees to three traffic accident victims

The families of three Creighton University students killed in a traffic accident last year received bachelor’s degrees for their children at the May 14 graduation ceremonies.

"Those girls should have been walking across that stage," and students, faculty and administrators wanted to honor their memories, hard work and contributions to the Creighton community, said Becky Nickerson, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Killed in the Oct. 24, 2015, car accident were Yoselin Deleon, Jennifer Guzman and Akuel Majouk, students in the Heider College of Business and active in multicultural activities on campus. Also killed was Mariana Ramirez, who attended the university for two years, took a break and had planned to return to the school. Members of the Ramirez family attended the graduation ceremonies with the other families, Nickerson said.

Jesuit Father Daniel Hendrickson, president of the university, and business college dean Tony Hendrickson gave the diplomas to representatives of the families at the ceremony. All 37 family members at the ceremony also received Creighton University pins, she said.

Students and faculty rallied around the students’ families after the accident and in the months that followed, as did members of Omaha parishes to which the students belonged. Deleon and Ramirez were members of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish, Majouk of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, both in Omaha, and Guzman, also of Omaha, regularly attended Mass at St. John Church on the university’s campus.

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