Diplomas

  • Spring graduates may receive their diplomas at Commencement.
  • Summer and fall graduates will receive their diplomas by mail within eight to ten weeks of degree conferral.
  • Students must meet all financial obligations before their diplomas can be released.

Diploma Delivery


There are no formal commencement exercises held at the end of the summer or fall terms at Emory University, except for the School of Medicine. Diplomas for all other summer and fall graduates will be mailed once final clearance has been received from your school.

Summer and Fall diplomas will be mailed to the diploma address listed in OPUS; if there is no diploma address it will be mailed to the permanent address listed in OPUS. Students should update OPUS with the most current address and email information, as this will be where you will receive all commencement information.  Please allow approximately eight to ten weeks after the end of the term to receive your diploma. Once diplomas have been shipped, you will receive an email confirmation along with a tracking number for your convenience.

 

Honor Diploma

The Office of the Registrar will order a diploma, with the appropriate honors notation, after degrees have been certified and we receive the official honor recipient list from schools. The honor diploma will be mailed, by U.S. Postal Service, to your diploma address in OPUS. Please allow eight to ten weeks processing time, after your conferral date, to receive your diploma. Honor diplomas are ordered for the following schools: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business (undergraduates only), School of Nursing (undergraduates only), School of Medicine, and School of Law.

Spring graduates are required to participate in the Spring Commencement exercises. Spring graduates may receive their diplomas after the Commencement ceremony. Students graduating in the Spring who feel they have reason to graduate "in absentia" must submit a request, in writing, to their school dean before Commencement. The dean will rule on this request and inform both the student and the Office of the Registrar of the ruling.

Diplomas not distributed after Commencement will be mailed to the diploma address listed in OPUS after degrees have been certified. Students should update OPUS with the most current address and email information, as this will be where you will receive all commencement information. 

Honor Diploma

The Office of the Registrar will order another diploma, with the appropriate honors notation, after degrees have been certified and we receive the official honor recipient list from schools. The honor diploma will be mailed, by U.S. Postal Service, to your diploma address in OPUS. Please allow eight to ten weeks processing time, after your conferral date, to receive your new diploma. Honor diplomas are ordered for the following schools: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business (undergraduates only), School of Nursing (undergraduates only), School of Medicine, and School of Law.

Diploma Content


Emory University diplomas contain the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Emory school
  • Emory degree
  • Date of graduation
  • Academic honors (if earned)*
  • University signatures

* Honor diplomas are ordered, for certain schools, after degrees have been certified and after your school submits the official honor recipient list.

Note: Majors and minors do not appear on the Emory diploma. However, your major and minor will appear on your official transcript. 

Note for Double Majors: Emory College Students MUST apply for either a Bachelor of Arts degree OR a Bachelor of Science degree. If you are a double-major and have completed requirements for both a BA and a BS you MUST choose one OR the other for diploma purposes.

Honors Diplomas


Please make certain all grades have been submitted and recorded in OPUS as this may affect the final notation of honors. Honor diplomas are ordered after degrees have been certified and after your school submits the official honor recipient list. Honor diplomas will be mailed, by U.S. Postal Service, to your diploma address in OPUS. Please allow eight to ten weeks processing time, after your conferral date, to receive your honor diploma. Honor diplomas are ordered for the following schools: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business (undergraduates only), School of Nursing (undergraduates only), School of Medicine, and School of Law.

Student Name on Diploma


Emory University will print the student's official name on the diploma at the time of graduation. The full name will be used. The student's name is recorded as submitted at the time of application for admission. Variations of the student's official name of record will not be permitted on the diploma. Students wishing an alternate name on their diploma are advised to consider an official name change.

For more information, please review the University's policy on student name changes.

If you realize your name is incorrect after the name change deadline, you must submit an official name change form and a request a replacement diploma through our Online Ordering Service. A replacement fee of $50 is required at the time of request before another diploma can be ordered.

The name change deadlines for each term are:

  • Summer - July 10
  • Fall - October 31
  • Spring - February 28

Diploma Size


The size of Emory’s diplomas is 17″ by 14″.

Diploma Authenticity


The diploma is an important symbol of academic achievement. However, Emory does not recommend that the diploma be accepted in lieu of an official transcript or degree verification. If you are presented with an Emory diploma as evidence of a degree, please feel free to contact the Office of the Registrar at registr@emory.edu for verification of the document.

Replacement Diplomas


Alumni may request a replacement diploma if the original diploma has been lost or destroyed at a cost of $50. Alumni are asked to submit a diploma replacement request through our Online Ordering Service.

Replacement diplomas follow the format of the current Emory diploma and contain the signatures of Emory officials at the time of graduation. Replacement diplomas list the student’s name as it appeared on the student’s transcript. Replacement requests are processed within six to eight weeks. Further questions regarding replacement diplomas may be referred to registr@emory.edu.

Diploma Certification


Emory University does not maintain copies of diplomas. 

Alumni needing a certified copy of their diploma should submit an 8 1/2 x 11 copy of their diploma through our Online Ordering Service and select one of the following products once you create an account.

  • Apostille/Great Seat (Student Processing) - Select this product if you want us to certify and return your certified diploma to you.  There is no charge for this service
  • Apostille/Great Seal (Emory University Processing) - Select this product if you want us to certify and obtain an Apostille/Great Seal on your behalf.  There is a $75 charge for this service.

Holds on Diplomas


Final Degree Clearance: Degrees will be conferred and mailed only after final degree clearance has been received from the appropriate advising or divisional offices.

The following three holds will prevent receiving your diploma:

  1. Financial
  2. Student Loans (uncompleted Exit Interviews)
  3. Academic.

If you have any of these three holds on your student record you will not receive a diploma or transcript until the obligation has been fulfilled. However, this does not prevent your actual graduation or conferral of your degree. To resolve, please contact the department who issued the hold.