Graduation

What’s my graduation date?

The University of Connecticut confers degrees three times a year, based on the term during which students complete their graduation requirements:

Graduation Term Conferral
Spring semester May
Summer session (including May term) August
Fall semester December
Winter session May

Commencement

Commencement is a celebration of accomplishments and occurs once per year in May. In addition to May graduates, the prior year’s December graduates and the following semester’s August graduates may walk in the May Commencement. For additional information on student preparation for Commencement, see the official Commencement website. The Commencement Office can also be contacted at (860) 486-6800.

Diplomas

Degrees are posted manually to your record and, consequently, your transcript may be updated 1 to 6 weeks after your actual conferral date. Notification is sent via email once your record has been updated.

Undergraduate diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after your graduation date. For example, if you graduate in May, you can expect to receive your diploma between the end of June and middle of July. Graduate diplomas are mailed approximately 10 to 12 weeks after your graduation date.

Diplomas are produced by an off-campus commercial printer and mailed via first class mail to the address designated as your mailing/billing address unless a diploma mailing address has been declared. There is no tracking information for first class standard mail. International shipping can take up to a month or longer. Diplomas will be withheld for those with an outstanding balance of $50 or more with the University.

University of Connecticut diplomas include the following:

  • the University of Connecticut school seal;
  • the school or college from which you are graduating;
  • the name you have chosen to appear on your diploma when you apply for graduation;
  • honors you have earned; and
  • the signatures of the President of the University, the Dean(s) of your college(s), and the President of the Board of Trustees.

Minors and/or concentrations are not included on the diploma.

If you choose to attend the graduation ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover at that time. If you do not attend the ceremony, you can order a diploma cover through the Commencement Office.

Diploma Name and Address

The default name to be printed on a diploma is the Primary Name on your Academic records. Students are allowed to edit first and middle names through the Diploma Name option in the Student Administration System, however any changes to last name will require an official name change request and appropriate documentation to facilitate the change. It is the student’s responsibility to review their name and make updates in a timely manner. Any diploma printed with an incorrect name will be subject to the standard replacement fee and time frame. This includes spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and spacing. Please note there may be implications of having your name on your diploma differ from the name on your record, such as an inability to verify your degree or change in licensure or VISA status.

Replacement Diplomas

A replacement diploma may be requested from the Office of the Registrar when the original diploma has been lost or damaged or when an additional copy is needed. Degree Audit must be notified within 1 year if a diploma was damaged or lost in shipping to avoid any additional costs for replacement. The diploma will be reissued in the format currently used but will bear the signatures of the University officers in place when the student graduated. Standard replacement diploma requests are processed, printed and mailed within two to three weeks from the date the request is received in good order. The cost is $40. Expedited replacement diplomas requests are processed, printed and mailed within one week from the date the request is received in good order. The cost for an expedited diploma is $80 for domestic addresses and $140 for international addresses. Students will be notified via email when the diploma has been mailed.

Additionally if a diploma requires certification from the University of Connecticut or from the State of Connecticut, please contact the Degree Audit Office prior to submitting the replacement diploma request for additional information and time frames.

Please use the link below to request a replacement diploma. If you have questions about diplomas, contact the Degree Audit Office at (860) 486-6214.

Replacement Diploma Order Form