Posthumous degree awarded to Boldt as Purdue commencement weekend wraps up

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.

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