Los Angeles Harbor College was set to award a posthumous degree to Aurora Godoy, the youngest of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting that took place last December, at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday.
Scott Svonkin, Los Angeles Community College district president, told KPCC that it's rare for the board to give this type of degree. This is the second time in five years that a posthumous degree has been awarded.
“In this case, we’re doing it because we want to make sure that her family knows that her hard work on her studies and her hard work as a public servant is important to the Los Angeles Community College family,” he said.
Although they had yet to vote to award the degree, Svonkin told KPCC he expected the vote to be unanimous.
“My hope is that this degree will bring comfort to her family and inspiration to every student in our district,” he said.
The 26-year-old worked for the county of San Bernardino and simultaneously went to school. She was just two classes away from getting her associate degree in liberal arts and sciences, her husband James Godoy said.
After a couple months off work, he said he also plans to pursue his education and become a math teacher.
Her husband and their 2-year-old son were set to accept the degree on her behalf.