WESTON, Conn. – Two Northeastern University students who were killed in a car accident last week while traveling in Dubai — including a woman from Weston — will be awarded posthumous degrees, college President Joseph E. Aoun announced.
Victoria McGrath of Weston and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres, who were both seniors at Northeastern University, were on a personal trip when the accident occurred. Both were in good academic standing and poised to graduate at Northeastern’s commencement in May, Aoun said.
“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, McGrath was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. She was a 2011 graduate of Weston High School.
Perez Torres, of 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.
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