Students to receive posthumous degrees

Two Northeastern students who were tragically killed in a car accident last week while traveling overseas will be awarded posthumous degrees, President Joseph E. Aoun announced.

Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres, both seniors, were traveling on a personal trip together in Dubai. Both were in good academic standing and poised to graduate at Northeastern’s 2016 Commencement in May.

“Before tragedy took them from us, Victoria and Priscilla were well on their way to graduating this spring,” said Aoun. “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.”

A student in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, McGrath was studying finance, with a minor in international affairs. She was a member of the NU Business Advisory Club and executive director of marketing for the Finance and Investment Club. A native of Weston, Connecticut, McGrath was a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Perez Torres, who came to Northeastern from Puerto Rico, was a biology major in the College of Science and worked as a clinical research coordinator at New England Baptist Hospital. She was also involved with GlobeMed, a Northeastern student group that works with an HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization in Uganda, and Science Club for Girls.