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Purdue plans posthumous degree for slain student

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 9:03 am

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University officials are moving ahead with plans to award a posthumous degree to the student fatally shot and stabbed during a campus attack last month.

The Purdue board's Academic Affairs Committee voted Thursday to endorse the posthumous degree in electrical engineering for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis. Officials say he had met most of the degree requirements before he was killed Jan. 21 inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

Trustee JoAnn Brouillette tells WLFI-TV that board members hope granting the degree helps the healing process for Boldt's family.

Another electrical engineering student faces murder charges in Boldt's death and is jailed without bond while awaiting trial.