Northeastern Students Killed Dubai Crash to Receive Posthumous Degrees

Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres were set to graduate this year.

Photo courtesy Northeastern

Photo courtesy Northeastern

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.