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Awarding Posthumous Academic Credentials :

Policy/Guideline Area

Academic Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges


The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for awarding an academic credential posthumously, for institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


  1. Posthumous Degrees
    1. In the unfortunate event of a student's death during an academic term in which it may reasonably be assumed that he or she would have completed all academic credential requirements, an academic credential may be awarded posthumously to the student.
    2. Recommendations to the president for awarding an academic credential posthumously should be in accordance with the established institutional process for conferral of academic credential.
    3. The decision as to the likelihood that the student would have completed their work during the term shall be at the discretion of the president.
    4. The special nature of the award should be reflected on all pertinent records.



T.C.A. § 49-8-203


TBR Meeting, March 19, 1982; Revised and renamed from Posthumous Degrees by Board Meeting March 21, 2019.