Slain students to get posthumous degrees

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 11:58 am ET by Bill Dedman, MSNBC.com

All students killed will be awarded posthumous degrees during the Virginia Tech commencement on May 11, Provost Mark G. McNamee announced Thursday morning.

"The families are very happy about this," he said.

The university also announced it has created a memorial fund, the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. The university warned, "Other Web sites soliciting donations for victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech April 16 may be fraudulent."

Separately, the university said, the United Way of New River Valley has established an account to provide assistance to victims’ families for funeral and burial costs, transportation costs, or other immediate costs.  Donations may also cover cost for uncovered medical costs to wounded victims and for community agencies that may incur unusual costs associated with responding to the event.

Contributions may be made via www.unitedwaynrv.org or by mail to UWMRF, P. O. Box 6202, Christiansburg, VA 24068.  Please indicate that your donation go specifically to this fund. 

Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, who have been in Blacksburg assisting in the relief efforts.

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