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- Only after the completion of all required course work has been certified may a degree be awarded to any student.
- When, in the opinion of the department head, consideration should be given for the awarding of a degree posthumously, the University Registrar will, upon request, complete an official evaluation of the student's progress at the time of death. The evaluation report will be forwarded to the dean of the college. Based upon a determination that the individual, upon completion of current work, would have been eligible for a degree, the recommendation shall be forwarded to the President by the dean of the college. Upon approval, the President will communicate directly with the immediate family, notifying them of the decision. The President will also notify the Registrar, who will send the diploma and other data pertaining to the commencement exercises directly to the appropriate next of kin.