GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– The victim in Tuesday’s school shooting in Highlands Ranch was honored at the Colorado School of Mines graduation on Friday. Kendrick Castillo, who charged a gunman in class at STEM School Highlands Ranch and saved the lives of classmates, was interested in engineering.

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It was a show of admiration, honor and respect. On their most important day Colorado School of Mines students wore the name of the high school student they didn’t even know. The Mines in Golden is a well-regarded engineering school. Kendrick’s passion was engineering.

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Students say they felt a bond with Kendrick, who was involved in robotics and worked with designers at Lockheed Martin.

That’s where Peter Moschetti came in.

He contacted fellow electrical engineering students, “I texted, hey we are going to take Kendrick on stage with us and within an hour or two we had a sticker and we were getting ready to print it.”

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The college also announced a special honor for STEM students who want to attend the Colorado School of Mines.

“We’re going to establish the Kendrick Castillo Scholarship for students from STEM School Highlands Ranch so that Kendrick will be remembered for the opportunity that he provided others,” said Colorado School of Mines President Paul Johnson.

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Alissa Boll provided the design for his name on the caps and gowns, “It’s definitely a feeling of family it’s a close knit community and Kendrick wanted to be an electrical engineer.”

So, as the Mines students were honored with their diploma many brought Kendrick on stage with them, at least in their hearts.

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“Thanks Kendrick you are an awesome dude. I look up to you.”

Eleven students from STEM School Highlands Ranch attend the Colorado School of Mines. A total of 19 more are enrolled for the fall semester.

Rick Sallinger

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