Faculty may recommend that a student who passes away while pursuing a degree be awarded a posthumous degree. To qualify for a posthumous degree, the student must have been a senior (90 credit hours or more completed) who had earned at least 24 credits from Gallaudet University. The student must also have been in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Students receiving posthumous degrees will be briefly recognized during their cohort's commencement, separate from the awarding of all other degrees. The posthumous degree will be mailed to the student's family.
Procedure: The Posthumous Degree Recommendation Form should be submitted to the program coordinator for that student's major. The request must be approved by the program coordinator, department chair, dean, and provost.