Catalog 2023-2024

Award of Posthumous Degree

The University of Tampa may award a posthumous baccalaureate degree to a student who dies before completing all the requirements for the degree being pursued.  Such degrees are designated on diplomas as “In Memoriam” in recognition of the academic achievement of the deceased student.  In awarding such a degree, the University acknowledges the loss to the university community, family, and friends and the enduring connection between the deceased student and The University of Tampa.

To be eligible for the award of a posthumous degree, the student should usually have met the following conditions:

  • At the time of death, the student was enrolled in his or her senior year.
  • The student was in good academic and disciplinary standing and was progressing successfully toward completion of the degree to be awarded.
  • Recommendation for the degree is made from the student’s major department and approved by the provost and the president.

Exceptions to these guidelines may be made in extraordinary circumstances by petitioning the Senate Executive Committee who will make a recommendation for the award to the provost and president.