Guideline 6-13: Awarding Posthumous Degrees

When a student dies prior to completing requirements for a degree at San Jacinto College, the student may be recognized posthumously by the awarding of a degree or a certificate of recognition.

A deceased student is eligible to receive a posthumous degree if the student

  • has completed 75% or more of the required courses for the degree;
  • was enrolled in classes at the time of death;
  • was in good academic and financial standing with the college.

If a deceased student does not qualify for a posthumous degree, the student may be awarded a Posthumous Certificate of Recognition for pursuing their education at San Jacinto College if the student

  • has attempted at least twelve (12) credit hours at the college;
  • was enrolled in classes at the time of death;
  • was in good academic and financial standing with the college.

Procedure for Granting Posthumous Awards

  1. Upon the request of a student’s family or of a college employee following the death of the student, the office of the Dean of Enrollment Services for the student’s primary campus will complete a degree audit to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a posthumous degree.  The status of the degree audit will be forwarded to the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and the Chancellor.
  2. The Chancellor makes a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees regarding posthumous degrees or posthumous certificates of recognition to be awarded. The disposition of all recommended posthumous awards will be determined by the Board of Trustees.
  3. A representative of the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor’s office, or the campus President’s office should notify the family of the posthumous award.  The manner in which the degree or certificate is awarded is at the family’s discretion; it may be mailed, or a family member may attend commencement and accept the award on behalf of the student.

 

Guideline #:

6-13

Guideline Name:

Guideline on Awarding Posthumous Degrees

Pages:

2

Adopted Date:

April 2, 2012

Revision/Reviewed Date:

April 2, 2012

Effective Date:

April 2, 2012

Associated Policy:

Policy VI-II