A black Bowie State University student who police say was fatally stabbed by a white stranger was honored Tuesday at the commencement ceremony where he would have walked across the stage.
The gown and stole of Richard Collins III was draped over a chair in the front row, and his family accepted his business administration degree. A moment of silence was also held during the ceremony.
The university’s commencement was held in a sports arena at the nearby College Park campus of the University of Maryland, where Collins was killed early Saturday.
Bowie State President Mickey Burnim asked graduates to remember Collins.
Vigil to Honor Student Killed at University of Maryland