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MATC awards posthumous diplomas to Sade Robinson and victims of fatal reckless driving crash

Milwaukee Area Technical College will award posthumous honorary degrees to Sade Carleena Robinson and Amari Smith at its spring commencement this weekend.

Robinson, 19, worked at a pizza restaurant on the east side of Milwaukee while she was in high school. She was just weeks away from graduating when police said she was killed and her body dismembered on a first date.

Maxwell Anderson, 33, has been charged in her death.

(Left) Sheena Scarbrough, mother of Sade Robinson, and (right) Carlos Robinson, father of Sade Robinson, hold release doves in memory of Sade Robinson at their public memorial service on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Baird Center in Milwaukee .  Wis.

The college said Robinson has completed her coursework and will posthumously receive an honorary doctorate in criminal justice studies at Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

Smith, 30, was training to be a hairdresser when he died on February 25. Police say they tried to stop a speeder who fled and crashed into Smith’s vehicle at 20th and Burleigh streets, killing him.

Amari Smith.

A 30-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in the crash. Smith receives a degree in cosmetology.

Robinson and Smith’s families are expected to attend the ceremony, the college said.

A third MATC student, Kristin Veto, will also be honored posthumously with her cosmetology degree.

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