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Bereaved Parents Want Honorary Degree for Son

(Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016)

A Shelton family had hoped for a sentimental measure at a high school graduation for their teenage son who died in a car crash last February. 

“Over two months we have been trying to do this. So, we’re just trying to get closure on this for everybody,” said the teen's father Ed Conklin.

Earlier this year, the 17-year-old was killed in a car crash in Shelton

Conklin's parents had hoped his high school would grant an honorary degree to their son.

“As a mom I want him to know that he can go on with his life wherever he is,” said his mother Barbara Conklin.

But for months the Conklin’s said they received the run-around from school and district officials.

With graduation just a month away on June 10, the family has no clear answers and time is running out to make sure their son receives an honorary degree.

“No one can understand why we’re having this type of issue just for something as simple as that. For closure for us, for his friends,” said Ed Conklin.

The superintendent said because this is a personal matter the district had no comment except that it is working with the family.

Conklin, also known as "Eddy", had been a senior at Shelton High School where he discovered his love for basketball.

Eddy was looking forward to studying biomedical engineering in college.

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