BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU awards a posthumous degree to Allison Rice during Friday’s graduation ceremony. Rice was the first student at commencement to receive a diploma.
Allie’s parents Angela Simpson Engler and Paul Rice were present at the ceremony to accept the degree on her behalf. The parents were surrounded by Allie’s professors, family, and roommates.
“It would be hard to express how proud I am of her and how hard she worked and the effort she put in,” said Paul Rice. “So proud of her.”
Allie was just months away from receiving her degree in marketing from LSU. Exactly three months ago, Allie was waiting in her car for a train to pass on Government Street. That’s when police say Allie was killed by gunfire.
“Obviously this moment doesn’t bring her back, but at least had an opportunity to pay tribute to her,” said Rice.
Her father says it never gets easier, but, receiving her degree gave him a sense of joy.
“This was a nice change. It was a great opportunity to focus on the positive and less on the negative,” he said.
According to the Rice family, there are no new updates on Allie’s case. The family continues to ask the public for any information.