PHILADELPHIA – The director of Lower Marion, who died tragically in a car crash last year, received his doctorate posthumously during a graduation ceremony at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.
Sean Hughes was killed in November when the SUV he was driving crashed into another SUV in Winslow, New Jersey. At the time of the accident, he was taking his son Nolan to a football match.
Hughes was not found guilty, and the driver of another car was later charged with Hughes’ death.
At the time of the crash, Hughes was working on a PhD in education. On Saturday, officials from Wieder University presented his son Jack Hughes with a diploma that his father was working on.
“Sean was an outstanding student in our doctoral program,” said Andrew Workman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wieder, as he prepared to present his degree to Hughes’ son, Jack. “He has made a significant contribution to our classroom discussion by citing real-world examples and scenarios to improve the learning experience.”
Hughes was a very popular principal in Lower Marion and was known for helping students.
“He knew the names of almost all the students at the school,” Workman said. “He was strongly present in the society. He was known for his brand phrase “character is important”.
Christy Hughes, the widow of Sean Hughes, made the statement through the university.
“This wonderful bitter day has been a long time for my family. Obtaining a doctorate in education was a goal that Sean set many years ago, beginning his career in education. Like many achievements in his short life, he worked tirelessly to achieve this. My family is very grateful to the education department at Widener for helping Sean posthumously reach this huge milestone, ”she said.