At the Essex County College 44th Annual Commencement at the Prudential Center held last week, President Gale Gibson called Deshon Johnson’s name with the other 1,460 graduates. Sadly, he wasn’t there to shake her hand. Johnson was killed in July 2012 after being hit by a NJ Transit bus. But the Johnson family received a posthumous Diploma of Acknowledge in A.A.S Business Finance.
Deshon’s family and friends are keeping his name alive with the creation of the Deshon Johnson’s Memorial Scholarship. The first award of $200 and a plaque will be given to a Montclair High School student on June 6. It will be presented by Deputy Mayor Robert Russo, a personal friend of Deshon’s mother Naomi Johnson, who spoke at Deshon’s funeral and said the young man, “deserved an ‘A+’ for the life he lived.”
Deshon’s best friend James wore a T-shirt with Deshon’s photo on it underneath his graduation gown when he accepted his diploma and took photos with Naomi Johnson.
The family is also celebrating Deshon’s talent by sharing his music with videos on YouTube:
Deshon’s mother, Naomi Johnson, said of the video, “This video is in the memory of a great rap artist Deshon Johnson aka Sean Cos Mason. I will like to fulfill his dream of being well know. Lets pray that we will hear all of his song on the air waves from t.v., radio, internet radio and others. Please let Sean Cos Mason legacy live on.”