Balcer was an honor student at the college studying to be an American Sign Language teacher when she died on January 25 at the age of 33. Because she passed away before completing her studies, the college has thusfar refused to read her name among the graduates at the ceremony on May 17.
The author of the petition wrote:
School was so important to her. She was extremely dedicated, despite it not being easy for her. She went through a lot during her time at school, but always made sure to get good grades and connect with her professors. She had a life dedicated to caring for others, praying for strangers and those she loved, and overall making the world a better place, despite her own personal life struggles and pain. The school refuses to have her acknowledged at the graduation. 30 seconds of having her name mentioned would mean the world to her family and those who are still so heartbroken from losing her too soon.
The petition is seeking to have 1,000 people sign up to support having Balcer’s name read at the ceremony. As of the writing this article, more than 500 people have supported the measure.