Deceased student denied honorary diploma

(KSL) Graduation day Thursday proved bittersweet for one Utah mom who has been in a fight to get her son awarded with an honorary diploma following the teen’s accidental death.

Nanci McConnell said her son Matthew had good grades and was on track to graduate from Stansbury High School prior to the ice fishing accident that took his life in February.

“We had no doubt that he would complete the last two terms,” she said in a room at the Huntsman Center, across from where other Stansbury seniors collected their diplomas.

The 17-year-old McConnell was discovered alongside his father, Steven, in an ice hut at Flaming Gorge. Investigators at the time said the two died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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