Smith College will not honor late social work student with posthumous degree

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Smith College has stated that it cannot award a posthumous degree to Courtney Carton, who died in June. NORTHAMPTON - Smith College will not be awarding a posthumous degree to Courtney Carton, the 23-year-old graduate student who died unexpectedly earlier this year due to complications from Type 1 insulin-dependent juvenile diabetes.  Carton, who was pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Smith when she died in June, did not complete enough of the program to be given a degree, school officials said this week.  Two of Carton's friends and fellow students, Amee Catalano and Rachel Rodriguez, had sought to have the school award a posthumous degree to Carton--circulating an online petition asking that Smith give the...

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