Agenda Item FA 14-40

Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

Award of Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree & In Memorium Degree

11/06/14: Passed

11/17/14: Approved

 Award of Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree
& In Memorium Degree


UNF is attempting to revise the Policy to Award a Posthumous Degree to allow for recognition of a deceased student’s connection with UNF regardless of his/her progression in a degree program. UNF realizes that not all students can meet the requirements for a formal posthumous degree award, but we wish to acknowledge their academic career. In Memorium degrees are not reported to the State and have lower criteria to award. Additionally, these students are not recognized at Commencement. 


Policies & Regulations

Academic Affairs: Enrollment Services


Award of Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree  



Not Checked    New Policy

Not Checked    Major Revision of Existing Policy 
  Checked   Minor/Technical Revision of Existing Policy          

Not Checked    Reaffirmation of Existing Policy

Not Checked    Repealed Policy

Effective Date:


Revised Date:


Responsible Division/Department:
Academic Affairs / Enrollment Services


To state the minimum University requirements for awarding and procedures for receiving a Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree or an in Memoriam degree.




A Posthumous Degree at the bachelor’s level recognizes academic work completed by a student who has made progress toward completion of a degree.  In order to receive a Posthumous Degree, the student must have achieved senior status, must have been in good standing at the University of North Florida, and must have met UNF residency requirement or have been enrolled in courses sufficient to meet the residency requirement.


 An In Memoriam degree allows for recognition of a student’s connection to the University of North Florida regardless of his/her progress toward completion of degree requirements.  In order to receive an In Memoriam degree, the student must have been enrolled in a degree program at the time of their death.  The University may choose to make this award to other deceased previously enrolled students.


At the master’s and doctoral levels, the faculty of the respective programs will determine the policies and procedures for awarding Posthumous/In Memoriam Degrees.



The request for the degree can be initiated by a family member or friend or upon the recommendation of the faculty.  The department chair then forwards the request and provides a rationale for awarding the degree to the Registrar’s Office. of faculty of the department on their own initiative or upon the request of a family member or friend requests the awarding of a posthumous degree by completing an application for graduation and submitting it to One-Stop Student Services. The requester should attach a letter indicating that the applicant is deceased and providing a rationale for awarding the degree. 

In the case of a Posthumous Degree, aA family member, or friend, or designee may elect to accept the diploma at the commencement ceremony (or designate someone to accept it) as well as receive the student’s official diploma.


If at all possible the student’s name will appear in the commencement program indicating “degree awarded posthumously.” This information will also appear on the official transcript. Course work in progress at the time of death will be listed on the transcript with a (WD) for withdrawal - deceased.