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Posthumous Degree

Section Title:Academic Affairs
Policy Number:300-SS
Policy Name:Posthumous Degree
Approval Authority:Provost/VPAA
College Policy Executive:Chief Planning Officer
Responsible Executive:Provost/VPAA
Responsible Unit:Office of the Provost/VPAA
Date Adopted:December 2015


Ramapo College of New Jersey will award a posthumous degree under some certain circumstances.


Reason for Policy

To recognize the academic achievement of degree-seeking students who pass away while enrolled at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

To Whom Does The Policy Apply

Any degree-seeking student who, at the time of death, is enrolled in coursework and meets the criteria outlined in the Posthumous Degree procedure.

Related Documents



Provost/VPAA – 201-684-7515

Office of the Registrar-201-684-7695




  1. A family member or other interested party of the deceased student may make a request for a posthumous degree through the Office of the Registrar.
  2. A posthumous degree may be awarded, if, at the time of death, the student has met one of the following criteria:
    1. He/she They are is enrolled in the final semester of coursework to complete degree requirements and are in good standing at the College (e.g., academic, judicial).
    1. He/she has They have completed at least 50% of the required number of credits for the appropriate degree (Bachelor’s or Masters), are is in good standing with the College, (e.g., academic, judicial judicial, academic, etc.), and is are recommended for the posthumous degree by the appropriate Academic Dean to the Office of the Registrar.
  1. The Office of the Registrar will forward all recommendations for posthumous degrees to the Provost for approval.
  2. Notation that the degree is presented posthumously will appear on the transcript, on the diploma, and in the Commencement program.
  3. The diploma may be presented during Commencement to a member of the student’s family. Arrangements for the presentation will be coordinated with the family by the Office of the President.
  4. The President and Provost may consider cases that do not meet the above criteria when extraordinary circumstances prevail.
  5. Posthumous degrees will not be included in state or federal reporting.