in absentia

in absentia  {adv. phr.},  {formal}
When the person is absent. — Used in graduation exercises when presenting diplomas to an absent student or during a court case.
On Commencement Day, Joe was sick in bed and the college gave him his bachelor's degree in absentia.
(Latin, meaning "in absence.")
Categories: {adv. phr.} {formal}

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