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NSU student awarded degree posthumously

ABERDEEN (AP) — A Northern State University student who died before he could finish his degree was honored Saturday at the school’s winter commencement ceremony.

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Aberdeen native Bryce Anglin, who died in April 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer, would have graduated last spring with a bachelor’s degree in business. Instead, his parents, Greg and Jeanette Anglin, marched to the stage to accept his diploma.

“Obviously, we’d rather have him accepting his own degree, but, with the circumstances, this is as close as it’s going to get,” Greg Anglin said.

The day is about Bryce, Jeanette Anglin said.

“It’s happening because of Bryce and what he did,” she said.

Bryce Anglin played baseball for the Wolves, was president of his residence hall and a member of the school’s orientation leadership group. He was nominated for the diploma by the school’s honorary degree committee.

Greg Anglin told the Aberdeen American News the university was a big part of his son’s life and believes Bryce would be proud that he’s part of the commencement ceremony.

“It’s fitting, we think, for Bryce because Northern and school meant a lot to him,” Greg said.

One graduate, Chuck Regan, said he met Bryce during his initial visit from Jamestown, N.D., to the Aberdeen school. Regan remembers him as a fun person to be around and says Bryce’s family also made him feel welcome.

“I was truly blessed by God to be able to meet Bryce,” Regan said. “It was a great loss to his family and the community.”

Several people are ensuring that Bryce’s legacy lives on at the school, in the community and on the baseball diamond.

The Bryce National Foundation gives scholarships and supports other charitable projects throughout Aberdeen. This year the school gave out the first Bryce Anglin Memorial Scholarship. And the Bryce Anglin Team Player award is being given to the baseball player who best exemplifies teamwork, work ethic and responsibility.

The baseball award is a “really cool idea,” said Taylor Morsching, one of Bryce’s teammates.

“It keeps Bryce’s memory alive on the team, and, hopefully, the guys who receive it who never played with Bryce will know who he is and what he meant to the team,” Morsching said.