- When will my degree appear on my transcript?
- What is the difference between a degree and a diploma?
- What official documents can the University provide to confirm my degree once it has been awarded?
- When will I get my diploma?
- May I change the way my name is shown?
- May I change the address to which my diploma will be mailed?
- May I make special arrangements for receiving my diploma?
- May I request that my name appear on my diploma with special characters (accent marks)?
- I know that I am on the pending degree list, but how can I be certain that I have met all of the degree requirements?
- What if I have finished all of my degree requirements, but my degree will not be recorded for several weeks and I need written proof that my degree has been earned?
Your College will review your record and certify your degree following the end of your final term. You may order an official degree transcript as soon as your degree is officially recorded on your academic record, usually within three to four weeks after your conferral date.
- A degree is the academic rank or grade earned
by completing a specified program
- A diploma is an ornamental paper displaying the name of that degree, intended as a memento of graduation.
The University can provide the following as proof of your degree:
- Transcripts: once your degree has been recorded on your academic record, it will appear on this document.
- Verification of Degree: written or verbal confirmation of your degree provided by the Records Unit.
- Certified Copy of Diploma: This is a certified copy of the original diploma with a statement of authenticity on the diploma. The photocopy must be provided by the person making the request.
- Authentication of Diploma: The original diploma is notarized with a statement of authenticity on the diploma.
Your diploma will be sent to your current Diploma Address, approximately 2-4 months after your conferral date. Failure to create a Diploma Address can result in the delay in the receipt of your diploma.
- Name change for diploma only: You will need to fill out a Current Student Diploma Name Change form and mail it to the Office of the Registrar, P.O. Box 5220, Chicago, IL 60607. Most requests will be granted.
- Name change in the system, along with diploma: You will need to contact the Registration Unit for more details at 312-996-8600.
You may change your address on the Student Self Service system. Graduates can create and/or update a Diploma Address on the Student Self Service system.
You may request in person or by phone that the Records Unit, Office of the Registrar hold your diploma for pick-up by you or a designee, or be mailed to an alternative address.
Students may make requests in writing by filling out the Current Student Diploma Name Change form, and mailing it to the Office of the Registrar, P.O. Box 5220, Chicago, IL 60607.
All potential graduating students should consult with the records officer in their college.
If you are an upcoming graduating student and you need a formal letter verifying that you have met all degree requirements, contact your college records officer.