Students who perished in 1970 plane crash to be honored with posthumous degrees

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On Friday, Nov. 13, Marshall University will honor each student who perished in the Nov. 14, 1970 plane crash with a posthumous degree in their program of study. A total of 39 degrees will be awarded, each dated with the student’s anticipated graduation date. Degree recipients include 36 football players, an assistant trainer, a student assistant statistician and the sports editor of The Parthenon.

The ceremony is the second in a series of events to commemorate 50 years since Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed with 75 Thundering Herd teammates, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew members on board.

Due to safety restrictions related to COVID-19 on indoor event capacity and seating regulations, this event is by invitation only to family members and masks and physical distancing are required. Members of the public who want to attend the ceremony are asked to do so virtually by clicking the link at at 4 p.m.