The policy/procedure concerning the awarding of posthumous degrees for undergraduate and graduate students is as follows and can be found in the University Handbook 5.5.1:

  • At the time of death, the student must be enrolled in all courses needed to satisfy the requirements for the degree and must have met the GPA requirements for that degree.
  • The process for granting the posthumous degree will begin when the Office of the Registrar is informed of the student’s death.

The Registrar will notify the President’s Cabinet. The Cabinet, in consultation with the student’s family, will then decide upon the appropriate time for the ceremony at which the degree will be presented.

  • The student’s academic record will reflect that the posthumous degree has been awarded.