USC Upstate students to be awarded posthumous degrees

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SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – University of South Carolina Upstate officials confirmed on Thursday that the university will be awarding a posthumous degree to two students.

Jessica Blais, associate vice chancellor of Strategic Communications and Marketing at USC Upstate, confirmed the university will award posthumous degrees to Evan Gaines and Jordane Bouchillon.

Gaines, 22, died last month in a shooting at an apartment complex beside the college.

His death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.

Gaines was a student in the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Blais said the university will also award Jordane Bouchillon with a posthumous degree.

Bouchillon, who was studying in the the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Services, passed away after a car accident this past fall.

Blais said it is the university’s understanding that both Gaines and Bouchillon’s families will attend the commencement ceremony on May 7.

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