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Virginia awards posthumous degrees to three football players killed in shooting

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The University of Virginia has decided to award posthumous degrees to three football players killed in a recent shooting. On Monday, Virginia announced the approval of posthumous degrees. for Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Shawn Perry. The three Cavaliers were shot and killed by former Virginia football player Chris Jones as he returned from a trip on November 19.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs Rachel Most initiated the request for posthumous degrees, and it was approved by the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Provost.

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Davis and Perry received degrees in African American and African Studies, while Chandler received a degree in American Studies.

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Virginia Athletic Director Carla Williams attended each player’s funeral and personally presented diplomas to their families.

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“It was a great honor for me to be a part of these graduations for the Devin, Lavelle and D’Shawn families,” Williams said in a statement.

After attending Davis’ funeral, Williams said she understood “why getting a degree from the University of Virginia was so important to Lavelle. He worked very hard for this.”

After a fatal shooting in which two more students were injured. Jones was arrested and charged with several felonies.

Virginia football program decided to cancel his last two games of the season against Coastal Carolina and Virginia Tech so players can mourn the loss of their teammates. The cancellation of the Commonwealth Cup ended a series of annual meetings that had been held since 1970.

Due to the sudden and tragic end of the Virginia NCAA football season additional year of eligibility approved for all Cavaliers who had their last year of eligibility this fall.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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