THREE crash victims given posthumous degrees

Sunday, May 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Three Oklahoma State students who died in a plane crash were honored with posthumous degrees Saturday during the university's spring commencement ceremony.

The families of Nate Fleming, Daniel Lawson and Jared Weiberg received standing ovations from the crowd at Lewis Field. They received the degrees from university President James Halligan.

Basketball players Fleming and Lawson, and student manager Weiberg were among 10 men who died in the Jan. 27 crash in Colorado. They were aboard one of three small planes returning from a basketball game.

``We will never forget that Oklahoma State University lost 10 members of our family on Jan. 27, 2001 in a tragic airplane crash,'' Halligan said. ``Three of the individuals on that plane were students who aspired to complete their degrees from Oklahoma State University.''

Fleming, from Edmond, received a bachelor's of science in business administration degree. Lawson, from Detroit, received a B.S. in sociology. Weiberg, manager for the basketball team from Tonkawa, received a B.S. in secondary education.

The commencement also featured Peggy and Walter Helmerich of Tulsa receiving the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award, the university's highest honor.

``The Helmerichs have been involved in community, cultural and charitable activity in Tulsa for many years. They are major contributors to OSU. These are really outstanding Oklahomans,'' Halligan said. ``This award recognizes them for what they have done for Oklahoma.''