Posthumous Degree/Certificate of Recognition Policy

Enrolled students whose untimely death prevents degree completion may be awarded a posthumous degree. Posthumous degrees may be awarded to deceased undergraduate students who are registered in the last year (thirty credit hours) of their degree plan and meet all university, college, and department GPA requirements.

Posthumous degrees must be requested by the deceased student’s family, recommended by the faculty of the major department and the Academic Dean and approved by the President.

In cases where it is determined that an undergraduate student did not meet the above requirements for a degree, a “posthumous certificate of recognition” may be awarded, if appropriate, by the Registrar’s Office. The certificate recognizes a student’s progress toward the attainment of a degree. The certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript.