CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/WJZ)
The University of Virginia's Class of 2010 celebrated their graduation Sunday with friends and family; however, the joyful rite of passage was marred by the loss of classmate, friend, and teammate Yeardley Love.
Love, who was so close to fulfilling her dream of graduating from UVA, was murdered three weeks ago, allegedly by classmate and ex-boyfriend George Huguely.
A University of Virginia staff member called the name "Yeardley Reynolds Love" during the graduation ceremony and one of Love cousin's "walked the Lawn" to receive Love's posthumous bachelor's degree in politics and government, reports The Washington Post.
"It's a privilege to recognize all that Yeardley achieved as a student at UVA and all the potential she had in life by awarding the posthumous degree in bachelor of arts in government," said Jeffrey Legro, chairman of the UVA politics department.
Many of Love's classmates are still in disbelief that the lacrosse player is no longer with them.
"Beautiful young woman who had everything going for herself," Victoria Juno told CBS affiliate WJZ. "There's no reason she shouldn't be here."
In honor of Love, many students wore white ribbons pinned to their gowns to make a statement against violence.
"It could've happened to any one of us. It's really terrifying and still hits close to home," Stephanie Dewolfe told WJZ.
As a result of the May 4 incident, UVA campus officials are looking to implement a new student criminal notification law which would force students to reveal any run-ins that they may have had prior to enrollment and/or any encounters with the law that occurred off-campus.
Officials believe that if they had known about Huguely's previous run-ins with the law, they could quite possibly have prevented the altercation that took Love's life.
Huguely's lawyer has called it a tragic accident.