Posthumous degree awarded to Boldt as Purdue commencement weekend wraps up

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Andrew Boldt, the student shot and killed inside a Purdue University classroom in January, has been awarded a posthumous degree.

Boldt was awarded the degree during the electrical engineering graduation ceremony Sunday.

Students erupted in applause when Boldt’s name was called.

Classmate and fellow Wisconsin native Meghan McKendry said the response was fitting for Boldt, who she calls an incredible guy.

“It was very touching and it was incredible that everyone reacted that way, because it was such a tragedy that happened earlier this semester,” said McKendry. “So, I thought it was very fitting, very kind of the university to do that for him.”

Students in the Colleges of Science and Technology also received their diplomas Sunday.

In total, 6,400 students graduated from Purdue’s West Lafayette campus this weekend. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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