USFSM may award a posthumous baccalaureate or master’s degree to a student who was in good academic standing at the time of his or her death and who had completed all substantive requirements for the degree. The University may also award baccalaureate or master’s degrees in memoriam to a student who was in good academic standing at the time of his or her death.
To award a non-thesis degree, the student would need to have completed all courses required for the degree. Courses required for the degree, in which the student is enrolled at the time of his or her death, must have been completed to the satisfaction of the faculty so that passing grades might be posted. All other degree requirements must have been satisfied as well.
To award a thesis degree, all courses must be completed as described above and the thesis must be sufficiently complete to the satisfaction of the faculty so that certification of completion may be posted to the student’s record.
Procedures for Award of Posthumous Degrees or Degrees in Memoriam
The appropriate faculty member, on his or her own initiative or upon the request of the family of the student, may recommend a posthumous degree, or a degree in memoriam, by forwarding the recommendation to the respective college dean. If approved by the dean, the recommendation with supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for approval. If approved for recommendation, the Office of the Registrar will be notified and the degree may be awarded at the next commencement ceremony or may also be presented to the student’s families in an appropriate setting.