The University of Miami posthumously awarded former Saints defensive end Will Smith a master’s degree in business administration during a ceremony Thursday.
Smith, 34, earned the degree through the university’s inaugural “Artists and Athletes” class before he was fatally shot following a traffic incident in New Orleans the night of April 9, said his publicist, Lauren Renschler.
Smith’s 33-year-old wife, Racquel, who suffered a bullet wound to each leg on the night her husband was killed, accepted the degree while seated in a wheelchair. She received a loud round of applause when introduced at the ceremony, a video provided by Renschler showed.
In a statement provided to the news media last month, the Miami School of Business’ dean, Gene Anderson, said Smith “was a wonderful student, easygoing, well-liked, and respected by all of his classmates, faculty and staff.” Smith was set to graduate from the program in July, Anderson said.
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