Will Smith’s widow accepted the former Saints defensive end’s graduate degree on his behalf at a ceremony at University of Miami (Fla.)) on Thursday night.
Smith, 34, was enrolled in the first year of a masters program for artists and athletes at Miami when he was shot dead following a traffic incident last month.
The ceremony was one of Racquel Smith’s first public appearances since the death of her husband. She appeared in a wheelchair, as she was also shot in each of her legs during the altercation.
“She was extremely proud of Will,” Smith’s publicist, Lauren Renschler, told the Associated Press.
The suspected shooter, Cardell Hayes, has been indicted on charges of the second-degree murder of Will Smith and the attempted second-degree murder of Racquel Smith. He has pleaded not guilty.