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Congratulations on earning your degree from Stanford! 

Here is some important information about your diploma – from how and when you will receive it, to what information is included on it, and more.

The conferral of degrees is posted to your permanent record approximately 3 business days after the conferral date. The conferral date is the day your degree is awarded.

Diplomas are mailed following degree conferral. Diploma delivery takes between 6 to 8 weeks in the U.S., and may take longer for international shipping. To place an expedited request and to see when diplomas will be distributed, read this “How to obtain your diploma” guide.

If you require evidence of degree conferral prior to receiving your mailed diploma, please review these alternate ways to verify degree completion.

Diploma Covers

Diploma covers are distributed at Commencement ceremonies. If you are unable to attend Commencement but would like a diploma cover mailed to you, you may order one from the Diploma Request PortalShipping fees for domestic and international mailing will be assessed.

This table indicates the information you can expect on your diploma.
Academic InformationUndergraduate
Graduate or Professional
Concentration (aka subplan)If applicable and approved by your department or schoolIf applicable and approved by your department or school
Date of Degree ConferralYesYes
Departmental HonorsYes, if applicableN/A
Distinction*Yes, if applicableN/A
Interdisciplinary HonorsYes, if applicableN/A
Major(s) (academic plan)YesYes
MinorNoPh.D. only
Secondary MajorNoN/A
Signatures of the University Chair of the Board of Trustees, President and School DeanYesYes

* Distinction: An honor awarded to the top 15 percent of graduating undergraduate students based on cumulative grade point averages calculated at the end of Winter Quarter. If you receive distinction it will be printed on your diploma in the Spring. If you conferred your degree in a previous quarter your diploma can be reprinted with the distinction notation after Spring Quarter by submitting this Help Request. Please provide your diploma mailing address and preferred email when submitting this request.

Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)

In addition to your traditional paper diploma, Stanford University provides a Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) to all graduates.

Currently, CeDiplomas are only available for 2015 graduates and forward.