Posthumous Degree Awards (Procedure 4.3000)
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This procedure outlines the process for nominating and awarding an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or a Bachelor of Science degree posthumously. A posthumous degree is a special type of honorary degree, awarded to a student who has passed away prior to completing all degree requirements.
- A posthumous degree may be awarded upon request provided it is submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs within two years after the death.
- The request must be accompanied by:
- Student’s full name.
- Seminole State ID or SSN.
- Copy of the death certificate.
- Address where the diploma will be mailed.
- The student should meet the following criteria:
- Must have been a degree-seeking student.
- Must have been enrolled at time of death (summer excluded), or their continuous enrollment was interrupted by their injury, illness, deployment, etc.
- Must have been within one term or 15 credits of graduation to be considered for a posthumous degree.
- Must have completed at least one term required for the degree at Seminole State.
- Must meet the standard graduation eligibility criteria for GPA and academic standing.
- Must be in good discipline standing at the time of the request.
- The posthumous degree shall not be included in any state or federal reporting data.
- The statement "awarded posthumously" will be printed on the student’s academic record, but not on the diploma.
- Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the College.
President Georgia Lorenz