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REG 02.05.01 - Regulation on Awarding of Degrees in Memoriam

Authority: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


  • First issued: Spring 2012
  • Last revised: August 13, 2013

Contact Information: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 910.521.6211


1.1 Under certain conditions, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke may consider awarding a degree in memoriam to an eligible, deceased student who was enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke at the time of or prior to his or her death.

1.2 An “eligible student” for the purpose of this policy is one who was enrolled in the university for at least two semesters prior to his or her death; who maintained good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of death; and who had completed no less than 75 percent of the hours required for the undergraduate or graduate degree at the time of death.


2.1 Request for a degree in memoriam will take the form of a written petition, sent within six months of the date of death, from the chair of the student’s major department to the dean.  The request must certify that the faculty of the department have voted to endorse conferral of the degree. 

2.2 The dean will certify that all eligibility criteria are met and will forward the request to the provost along with his or her recommendation regarding issuance of the degree in memoriam. If the provost approves the recommendation, he or she will direct the Office of the Registrar to prepare the degree in memoriam and will notify the family that the degree has been authorized.

2.3 A degree approved under this policy will be prepared and presented as a Degree in Memoriam reflecting the program of study the student was pursuing at the time of his or her death. The printed graduation program will note that the degree was awarded posthumously. The vice chancellor for Student Affairs will contact the deceased student’s family to discuss and determine the most appropriate option for delivery of the diploma.

2.4 If a student is not eligible for or is not approved for a degree in memoriam, a Certificate of Recognition acknowledging the student's progress toward the attainment of a degree may be awarded.  The certificate will be signed by the provost and chancellor.