Posthumous Degrees

3660.1 Policy Statement

  • All inquiries or suggestions for posthumous degrees should be forwarded to the dean of the appropriate college or school.
  • The dean will then request the registrar to verify that: the person is deceased;
    the person was a student in good standing at the time of death;
    if at the associate degree level, the student was at least within 10 semester credit hours of meeting all degree requirements, in work already completed;
    if at the baccalaureate degree level, the student was at least within 20 semester credit hours of meeting all degree requirements, in work already completed;
    if at the master's degree level, the student was at least within 8 semester credit hours of meeting all degree requirements, in work already completed.
  • In addition to the credit requirements specified in item 2 above, all posthumous degrees must be approved by the relevant degree program and college.
  • Following verification from the registrar and approval by the degree program, the dean will forward the written recommendation for awarding the degree to the chief academic officer.
  • Posthumous degrees will be awarded at the next appropriate graduation ceremony in the twelve-month period following the death of the student, with special attention being given to allowing for the proper and timely notification of the family or next of kin.