In the unfortunate event that a Southwestern student dies before completing degree requirements, the student may be awarded a posthumous degree upon approval by the Vice President for Academic Administration.

1. Department faculty must first approve and send a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Administration for approval. 2. To be considered the student must have:     a. been enrolled within the last 2 semesters.     b. completed 75% of the degree requirements.     c. been in good academic standing.

If a student does not meet the above criteria, they may be awarded a certificate of Special Recognition.