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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Posthumous Degrees : 2:01:00:02

Policy/Guideline Area

Academic Policies

Applicable Divisions

Community Colleges


The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for awarding a degree 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 degree requirements, a degree may be awarded posthumously to the student.
    2. The decision as to the likelihood that the student would have completed his or her work during the term shall be at the discretion of the president.
    3. Recommendations to the president for awarding a degree posthumously should be in accordance with the established institutional process for conferral of degrees.
    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