NPC Policy Number: 6.220

Policy Name: Honorary or Posthumous Degrees

Original Adoption: March 28, 2018

Revised: NA

Next Scheduled Review: June 2022

Responsible Cabinet Member: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Department/Office: Registrar's Office


National Park College (“the College”) awards honorary and posthumous degrees on a selective basis. This policy sets forth the standards and procedures for granting honorary and posthumous degrees.

Policy Statement

Honorary Degrees

The Board of Trustees may deem it appropriate to award an honorary degree to any person based upon their outstanding contributions, achievements, or leadership during the course of a career and the extent to which such achievements exemplify the ideals and purposes of the College, including such persons who have a special connection to the College. Honorary degrees ordinarily will not be granted to any active trustee or to any currently employed faculty or staff member of the College.

Posthumous Degrees

Likewise, the College may grant degrees posthumously if the President, under the advisement of the Cabinet, determines that a deceased student has completed an appropriate amount of coursework and is in good standing with the College.


See attached procedures