Diplomas


  • Spring graduates may receive their diplomas, in-person, during their school’s commencement ceremony. Spring graduates who do not receive their diplomas in-person will receive their diplomas by mail eight to ten weeks after the end of the term.
  • Summer and fall graduates will receive their diplomas by mail within eight to ten weeks after the end of the term.
  • Students must meet all financial obligations before their diplomas can be released.

Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)

  • Official, secure, verifiable electronic version of Emory’s diploma
  • Unlimited sharing of your accomplishment with employers, family, friends and social media for a lifetime
  • Available for degrees awarded on and after Spring 2020
  • The CeDiploma tile becomes available in OPUS after degrees have been awarded
  • For questions contact diploma@registrar.emory.edu

Order Your CeDiploma

Diploma and End of Term FAQs

Degrees will appear on transcripts after degrees have been certified by schools and awarded by the Office of the University Registrar.

Students can place an order before the end of the term for a transcript to be automatically generated once their degree is awarded by selecting “Hold for Degree” during the transcript ordering process.

Transcripts should be ordered online through OPUS.  In OPUS, select the Transcripts tile and choose the Request Emory Transcript option.  If you do not see the Transcripts tile, make sure to select the Student homepage on the top menu bar.

Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at transcripts@registrar.emory.edu.

Diplomas will be ordered after degrees have been certified by schools and awarded by the Office of the University Registrar. Diplomas will be shipped to the Diploma Address listed in OPUS.

Emory will print the Diploma/Degree Name as listed in OPUS on the diploma. If a Diploma/Degree Name has not been created, the student’s Primary/Legal Name will appear on the diploma.  (Preferred Names do not appear on Emory diplomas.)

To add a Diploma Name, follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to OPUS
  2. Click on the Profile tile
  3. Click on the plus sign (+) under the Names section, enter the first and middle name ONLY, and Save. Note: The last name on the diploma must match the last name from the Primary/Legal Name.
  4. If editing, click on the Degree Name to update first and middle name ONLY and Save.

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. Please update OPUS with the most current address and email information as this will be where you will receive all post‐commencement information. It is important to update all contact information by the last day of the term.

To add or update your diploma mailing address:

  • Login to OPUS 
  • Click on the Profile tile and select “Addresses”.
  • If creating a new diploma mailing address, click the plus sign under the diploma address section, enter your address information, and
  • If editing the diploma mailing address, click on the address, edit the information, and

To add or update your diploma email address:

  • Login to
  • Click on the Profile tile and select “Email and Phone Numbers”.
  • If creating a new diploma email address, click the plus sign, select Diploma as type, enter your email information, and Save.
If editing the diploma email address, click on the email address, edit the information, and Save.

Please update your diploma mailing address as soon as possible. It is important to update all contact information by the last day of the term.

You should expect to receive your diploma 8-10 weeks after the end of the term. International mailings may take longer.

Yes. You will receive an email with tracking information once your diploma has been mailed.

Emory University now offers the Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) for degrees awarded in or after Spring 2020. The CeDiploma tile will not be available in your OPUS account until after degrees have been awarded. A postcard with detailed CeDiploma information will be included with your diploma. Additional information is posted on our website.

The CeDiploma tile appears in OPUS after degrees have been awarded. By registering for your CeDiploma using the tile, you will be notified via email when your CeDiploma becomes available (approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the term).

Official transcripts and enrollment verifications include any degrees that have been awarded. Students can place an order before the end of the term for a transcript to be automatically generated once their degree is awarded by selecting “Hold for Degree” during the transcript ordering process.  Enrollment verifications should not be ordered until after degrees have been certified by schools and awarded by the Office of the University Registrar.

Schools will distribute the blue covers at their individual commencement ceremonies. Blue covers will also be available for pickup from the Office of the University Registrar. Please email diploma@registrar.emory.edu for pick-up times/days.

Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at diploma@registrar.emory.edu.

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. 

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 Primary/Legal Name on the diploma. Students may choose to display a different first name or middle name by creating a Diploma Name while completing the online degree application. The last name on the diploma must match the last name from their Primary/Legal Name. Students wishing an alternate last 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.

Some professional licenses, certifications, and accreditations require that the name on the  diploma matches the Primary/Legal Name. This is also a requirement by some countries if the diploma is used for visa processing or other official government purposes. Please consider whether any of these requirements apply before establishing a different Diploma Name.

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 19
  • Fall - October 4
  • 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 diploma@registrar.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. To request a replacement credential, use the Online Ordering Service link to provide information about your credential. Once the request is received, requestors will be notified via email if it has been approved or denied. If the request is approved, the institution will place an order for that credential.  

Replacement diplomas follow the format of the current Emory diploma and contain the signatures of current Emory officials. Replacement diplomas list the student’s name as it appeared on the student’s transcript. A statement of replacement is printed in the lower left of the diploma and is not visible upon the framing of the diploma. Replacement requests are processed within three to four weeks.  Please contact us for questions regarding replacement diplomas.

Diploma Notarization

Emory University does not maintain copies of diplomas. 

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

  • Notary Service - Transcript and Diploma - Student Processing - Select this product if you want Emory to notarize your diploma and return it to you. There is no 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.

Contact Us

Please email questions and concerns to diploma@registrar.emory.edu    

The Student Services Support Team strives to respond to all Diploma emails within 2 - 3 business days. The time frame may be longer during peak periods.

Your email will generate an auto-response with a Case # when initially submitted.  This case number may be used to assist the Student Services Support Team when they contact you about your email..

Once your case has been resolved, you will receive a “Closed” case notification via email.