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Posthumous degrees

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Boston University has come in for a bit of stick for its bad timing in making an announcement. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktak ... ree-policy
Not sure I can see the point of a posthumous degree in any case.
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FrenchForumSurvivor wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:45 am
Boston University has come in for a bit of stick for its bad timing in making an announcement. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktak ... ree-policy
Not sure I can see the point of a posthumous degree in any case.
As legitimate as a posthumous medal. It marks the achievements of one who hasn't survived to see the fruits of their labours and adds to the pride felt by their loved ones. And maybe it takes the edge off the grief.
It's certainly more legitimate than an honorary degree.

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That depends on who gets it. And that depends on ones viewpoint, surely? An honorary degree or doctorate for, say, David Attenborough would be applauded, but one for, say DT would be derided.

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Ally wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:52 am
FrenchForumSurvivor wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:45 am
Boston University has come in for a bit of stick for its bad timing in making an announcement. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktak ... ree-policy
Not sure I can see the point of a posthumous degree in any case.
As legitimate as a posthumous medal. It marks the achievements of one who hasn't survived to see the fruits of their labours and adds to the pride felt by their loved ones. And maybe it takes the edge off the grief.
It's certainly more legitimate than an honorary degree.
Good argument well made, Ally. Now I can see the point.
"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." - Everett Dirksen

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