Northeastern Students Killed Dubai Crash to Receive Posthumous Degrees
Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres were set to graduate this year.
Northeastern University will grant posthumous degrees to two seniors who died in a car crash in Dubai earlier this month.
Victoria McGrath, a 2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor from Weston, and Priscilla Perez Torres, of Puerto Rico, were traveling in the United Arab Emirates when they were killed when their two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider lost control and slammed into a pole, splitting it in half. High speed and alcohol were blamed for the crash, which also claimed the lives of Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and James Portuondo.
“Before tragedy took them from us, Victoria and Priscilla were well on their way to graduating this spring,” president Joseph Aoun said in a release Wednesday. “Like their classmates, they earned their degrees through focus and hard work. By presenting their diplomas to their families in May, Victoria and Priscilla will remain members of the Northeastern family forever.”
McGrath was a student in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, studying finance with a minor in international affairs. Torres, a biology major in the College of Science, worked as a clinical research coordinator at New England Baptist Hospital.
Northeastern will conduct its commencement exercises May 6 at TD Garden. Secretary of State John Kerry will give the address.