During one of the biggest days of their lives, thousands of University of Virginia graduates paused to remember four students, including murdered lacrosse player Yeardley Love, who didn’t live to see commencement exercises.
UVA President John Casteen led the class of 2010 in a moment of silence Sunday.
During his speech, Casteen also included Love among the positive memories that students will take with them.
“The cheers at games, no matter what the sport,” said Casteen. “And the name of Yeardley Love.”
Love was set to graduate Sunday with a degree in government. So was her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, who now sits in a jail cell charged with her murder.
At Sunday’s graduation, students and their guests wore white ribbons as part of a campaign against domestic violence.
The white ribbons also memorialized Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Her body was found three months after attending a rock concert on the UVA campus.
UVA also honored Yeardley Love Sunday by awarding her a posthumous degree.