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Once Limited to Voting, Chicago’s Deceased Residents Now Graduating from City Colleges

Crains 19 October 2015 2 Comments

City Colleges of Chicago has its own version of “The Walking Dead.” Call it the Graduating Dead.

The seven-campus school system is combing records for dropouts, including deceased ones, who may qualify for two-year diplomas, part of an all-out hunt to boost lagging graduation rates and polish a centerpiece of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education agenda.


In 2013, City Colleges adopted a “posthumous degree” program that made dead alums eligible for a degree or certificate, provided they had fulfilled three-fourths of the requirements. “This policy can be administered retroactively and applies also to students who have died prior to the effective date of this policy,” City Colleges documents say.

Read more at Crain’s


  • Inquiring Minds said:

    Did any of the medical cadavers abandoned in storage closets at Malcolm X College after anatomy classes qualify for posthumous degrees from the City Colleges?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Jim said:

    This should be a big help to the state government. It is always good to have an educated electorate.


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