May 20, 2014 1:29 PM Subscribe
Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.?
posted by mudpuppie to Education (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is a work question. We lost a PhD student last night who was set to walk two weeks from now. I'm working things out with the university, but want to be armed with information from other sources as well.
I'm particularly interested in who has accepted awards on behalf of the recipient, because we need to offer some options to her family. Her parents are living, and she has two daughters. (The older one is graduating from high school like, next week.) What is traditionally done, if there is such a tradition? Most of the info I can find is about bachelor's degrees.
This student was also in the final stages of revising her dissertation but had not yet filed it. I don't really expect any grief from the university on that end, because I think her committee will sign off, but again would like to have some anecdata if any is available.
Thanks for your help.