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I think this is a wonderful idea and a singular, specific honor we can provide to the deceased artist and family.
I’m 100% behind it, and appreciate and agree with the specs and procedures for discernment.
Maybe reinforce “honorary degree”? At all times it should be clear that the degree is honorary, not an actual earned degree.Reference
I am curious what the rationale for this was. I get that a student who dies during Foundation year should not necessarily be getting a posthumous degree, but if the degree is honorary (and obviously has no material value if the student is deceased), I wonder why the bar is set so high at 75%? Is that because we only want to award these honorary degrees to students who die before or during their senior year? What about an incredibly active student who has already made great contributions to the campus before dying over the summer between the sophomore and junior years?Reference
This seems like a fair-minded, and even-handed approach to the singular and horrific tragedy of a student dying while enrolled at Pratt. It likely gives a family some closure, and will also no doubt help with the loans and financial obligations that may hang over their heads in such a horrendous situation.