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5.5. Awarding of Posthumous Degrees

5.5.1. Posthumous Degrees

The policy/procedure concerning the awarding of posthumous degrees for undergraduate and graduate stu­dents is as follows:

  1. At the time of his/her death, the student must be enrolled in all courses needed to satisfy the require­ments for his/her degree and must have met the GPA requirements for that degree.
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  3. The process for granting the posthumous degree will begin when the Office of the Registrar is informed of the student’s death. The registrar will notify the president’s Cabinet. The Cabinet, in consultation with

The student’s family, will then decide upon the appropriate time for the ceremony at which the degree will be presented.
The student’s academic record will reflect that the posthumous degree has been awarded.

5.5.2. Posthumous Certificates of Achievement

The policy/procedure concerning the awarding of posthumous Certificates of Achievement for undergraduate and graduate students is as follows:

  1. At the time of his/her death, the student must be enrolled in classes leading to his/her degree, must have at least a 2.0 GPA (3.0 for graduate students), and must have earned at least 90 semester hours of aca­demic credit (21 semester hours of academic credit for graduate students).
  2. The process of granting the certificate will begin when the Office of the Registrar is notified of the stu­dent’s death.
  3. The family will be mailed a copy of the certificate along with a letter of condolence from the president.

Please note that the refund of monies for enrollment in classes is covered by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents “Refund Policy” as outlined in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.