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Posthumous Degrees


Stanford University may award a posthumous degree if a student, who was in good standing, completed at least 90% of graduation requirements before passing away. Approval from the major department chair, dean, and University Registrar is needed, with requests typically submitted within a year of the student's death.

Policy Statement

Stanford will consider granting a posthumous degree in instances in which a student was in good standing and had completed at least 90% of all graduation requirements at the time of death. Requests must be approved by the chair of the major department or the dean of a professional school and the University Registrar. Requests should be addressed to the University Registrar and generally should take place within 12 months of the student's death.

Contact Information

Degree Progress, Office of the University Registrar