YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Friday, Youngstown State University awarded a posthumous diploma to 1 of its college students who passed soon after troubles from spina bifida in 2019.
YSU posthumously recognized Raquel McKinney in her industry of study — details engineering — following her passing in 2019 at a ceremony at the Youngstown Historical Middle of Market and Labor.
She’s remembered as an normally-smiling, brilliant and bubbly college student decided to get her education, even with her spina bifida.
Denise Walters-Dobson was Raquel’s academic advisor though she was at the college in the early 2000s.
“Tenacious, optimistic, hopeful, even inspite of she was in a wheelchair because of her spina bifida, which she had when she was born,” said Walters-Dobson.
Her relatives explained regardless of all the things, it displays her hope and resilience.
“My father was aiding her, having her to all of her courses and so it was essential to her. As she started to get older, her affliction progressed,” mentioned Raquel’s sister Zina McKinney.
Raquel was not able to return to university. Shortly following she handed in 2019, her father, an avid supporter of her instruction who also graduated from YSU, passed in 2020.
Buddies and household gathered to don’t forget her as a passionate Dallas Cowboys admirer, churchgoer and somebody who liked her relatives higher than all else.
“Loved to journey as well. I lived in Atlanta so she would enjoy to occur down and check out in Atlanta,” claimed Raquel’s sister Monica McKinney.
Raquel’s previous nurses, buddies, spouse and children and associates of YSU celebrated her. Her family said the posthumous diploma means so significantly to them.
“It’s a acquire-earn for us and we’re just elated to have this time,” mentioned Raquel’s brother Sean McKinney.