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Protocol for Awarding a Posthumous Degree

The University recognizes the sense of loss that faculty feel when a student dies. One means of expressing their gratitude for an advanced student's life and work and/or sympathy for the surviving family and friends is to nominate that student for a posthumous degree. The following protocol is designed to allow such an award.

Please note: the nomination is the first step and does not necessarily mean that the degree will be awarded. Surviving family and friends should not be notified of the nomination until the Provost has approved the proposal.



In the name of the nominee, the faculty sponsor(s) submit(s) the normal application for graduation to the program advisor, who analyzes transcripts for graduation. 

The sponsor attaches a statement of justification to the application.

Venue for awarding the degree