A Ho Chi Minh City university has posthumously awarded a first degree to a student who died in a road accident just over one month before his commencement.
The management board of Hoa Sen Univeristy, based in District 1, visited the family of Vo Dai Hai Nguyen in Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province, about 30km north of Ho Chi Minh City, on Saturday afternoon to confer a posthumous university degree in business administration on him.
Nguyen, 25, had finished part of his dual degree program at Hoa Sen when he passed away in a collision between his motorbike and a truck in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, on June 2 this year.
He had already completed the business adminsitration courses and was scheduled to fulfill the remaining marketing modules.
He was on the way home when the accident happened.
Prof. Dr. Mai Hong Quy, president of Hoa Sen University, gave the degree to Nguyen’s mother, Nguyen Thi Lien.
Lien was speechless and burst into tears when she received the degree for her deceased son. Her right arm was still in plaster as she slipped and broke it right after her son’s funeral.
This was the first time Hoa Sen had ever awarded a postumous degree, Prof. Dr. Quy said.
“I was at a loss for words presenting the degree to the mother after all those years of conferring academic degrees on generations of students,” the president said.
“Nguyen deserved the degree for her hard work over the few years so it’s heartbreaking that she could not receive it herself.”
The university awarded degrees to 994 students at a graduation ceremony on Saturday morning.
Established in 1991, Hoa Sen was among the first private universities legally founded in Vietnam.