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Your diploma

The University of Minnesota includes the following information on diplomas:

  • Your name
  • The degree you earned
  • The confer date
  • Honors earned (if applicable)

Your diploma does not indicate your major or minor. These details are recorded on your official transcript. The diploma is printed on 8.5 x 11” paper.

Diploma name

By default, your primary/legal name will print on your diploma. You can add or update a different first or middle name by going to MyU: My Info and entering a "degree name" (see step-by-step instructions). You are responsible for verifying the name that will appear on your diploma by your graduation date.

Your primary/legal last name must match the degree last name. If you need to change your primary/legal name, please update your information prior to your graduation date. You are able to include the following special characters for your first, middle, and last name on your diploma without submitting a legal name change:

  • À à, Á á, â, Ã ã, Ä ä, Æ æ
  • Ç ç
  • È è, Ê ê, Ë ë
  • Ì ì, Í í, Î î, Ï ï
  • Ñ ñ
  • Ò ò, Ó ó, Ô ô, Õ õ, Ö ö
  • Ù ù, Ú ú, Û û, Ü ü
  • Ý ý, Ÿ ÿ

Diploma address

It is up to you to make sure your diploma is mailed to the correct address. Your diploma will be mailed to the diploma address that appears in MyU: My Info. If that address is not entered (see step-by-step instructions), your diploma will be mailed to your home address.

Mailing timeline

Diplomas for undergraduate students will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the end of term.

Diplomas for graduate and professional degree students will be mailed 4-6 weeks after their degree has been awarded. Please note that the process for awarding degrees begins 1-2 weeks after the graduation date, and that not all degrees are awarded at once.

The University mails all diplomas via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Please allow adequate time for delivery. Note that tracking information is not available for USPS.

If you wish to have your diploma mailed via FedEx, complete a FedEx Diploma Delivery Request. The deadline to submit the form is your graduation date. FedEx Diploma Delivery Requests must be turned in to the Twin Cities campus with the appropriate payment, and late forms will not be accepted. FedEx delivery includes tracking information.

International Shipping

If your diploma is being sent to an international address, allow 8-12 weeks for your diploma to arrive by standard USPS mail. We encourage students sending their diploma internationally to request FedEx shipping if they require a faster delivery.

Request a duplicate diploma

You may request a duplicate diploma only after receiving your initial diploma. A duplicate diploma costs $15.00. Additional fees apply if you select priority shipping.

The University of Minnesota considers duplicate diplomas to be an official document. A duplicate diploma will carry the signatures of the University officials at the time of reissue. It may replace an original diploma, reflect a legal name change, or provide an additional diploma for display.

Online

Mail, fax, or in-person

Complete a Duplicate Diploma Request pdf form and follow the instructions on the form. The Office of the Registrar processes these forms on the Twin Cities campus:

200 Fraser Hall, 106 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Important Dates

Academics

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 Fall second 7-week session begins
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 End of fall semester
Tue, Jan 22, 2019 Spring full semester and first 7-week sessions begin

Graduation

Thu, Nov 1, 2018 November graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Sat, Dec 1, 2018 December graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Tue, Jan 1, 2019 January graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)