Brittany Smith, an aspiring lawyer from Harlem and one of two Harvard seniors linked to last month’s killing in a Harvard dormitory, will not receive her diploma tomorrow,according to three officials familiar with her status.
Harvard University spokesman Kevin Galvin declined to comment about the status of Smith or Campbell yesterday. “The university has taken appropriate steps based on information we have learned about two female students identified by the Middlesex County district attorney’s office after the fatal shooting at Kirkland House,” Galvin said in a statement.
“But federal law and Harvard policy prevent us from commenting on the identities of those students or the steps that have been taken.”
During her years at Harvard, Smith was active in multiple community service organizations, mentoring, and afterschool programs, said a friend and classmate who did not want to be named because of the ongoing investigation into the killing. Harvard honored Smith with a university public service award last year.
She had spent much of her free time in Harlem and had planned to return there after graduation to be a community organizer, the friend said. Smith had also expressed interest in attending law school.