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University grants honorary degree to student who died

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 08:16:37-05

Saginaw Valley State University has granted an honorary degree to a man who died before he could complete his master's degree.

Evan Willman's mother accepted the degree on his behalf Friday. The 23-year-old wanted to become an occupational therapist and work with children.

Willman died a year ago. He suffered head injuries after falling off the hood of a pickup truck while horsing around on a rural road in Midland County. The driver had been drinking alcohol.

WNEM-TV says Willman's classmates at Saginaw Valley honored him by wearing flannel ribbons during graduation. Willman had encouraged faculty to allow students to wear flannel on Fridays as a way to build camaraderie.