Her fellow graduates stood and clapped as Houpt, a 23-year-old from Charlotte, was called on stage.
“Emily, we are so glad that you are here today to receive formal recognition of your hard work in international studies and your contributions to the campus community,” Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said.
Twenty-three members of Howell’s family came to the ceremony where the school recognized him with a bachelor of arts degree in memoriam. Parlier will also receive a degree in memoriam, officials have said.
Besides Houpt, three other students were hurt. They are Rami Al-Ramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia; Sean DeHart, 20, of Apex, North Carolina; and Drew Pescaro, 19, also of Apex.
“From today forward each scholarship will enable the spirit and legacy of each of these young men to be present always on our campus,” Dubois said.
A couple who were “both initially teachers” funded the scholarships with $1 million, Dubois said.