May 8, 2023

Dear UD Community:

I am deeply saddened to share the news with you that one of our students, Praise Ezechibueze, tragically died Saturday in Ocean City, Md., in an apparent drowning. On behalf of the University of Delaware community, I want to express our heartfelt sympathy to Praise’s family and friends. At such difficult times, it is essential that we comfort and support one another.

The loss of Praise affects everyone in our community. As students are already experiencing stress at the end of the spring semester, we know this news hits hard following the recent loss of another UD student just over a week ago. The University has reached out to Praise’s friends to provide information about counseling and other resources.

To provide support and guidance during this difficult time, counseling staff will offer a dedicated space for students to gather to listen, share and support one another from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Collins Room of Perkins Student Center. Information about additional campus resources will be provided to those in need.

If you feel anxious or need to talk to someone, please do not hesitate to get help through the resources provided by the University:

More information about Praise, who was a junior Medical Diagnostics major in the College of Health Sciences, will be shared in an In Memoriam article.


signature of President Dennis Assanis

Dennis Assanis

University of Delaware   •   Newark, DE   •