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How Do I Validate a CeDiploma?

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How can I validate a CeDiploma?

A CeDiploma can be validated online one of two ways:

  1. CeDiploma Validation Website: To ensure that the degree information is still valid, the CeDiploma should be validated through Stanford's official authentication website using the 12-digit CeDiD as it appears on the CeDiploma.

    image showing how to find the 12-digit Certified Electronic Document ID (CeDiD), along with the first two letters of the name, in order to validate the CeDiploma

  2. Digital Signature: Each CeDiploma is digitally signed by CeCredential Trust. When the document is viewed through Adobe Reader® or Acrobat® versions 9.0 or higher, it will reveal that a digital signature has been applied to the document. Adobe Reader® and Acrobat® use a blue ribbon across the top of the document to indicate that the document has not been tampered with since it was first created and is therefore authentic.

    image showing the blue ribbon at the top of the CeDiploma that authenticates that it has been digitally signed

For Mac Users

When viewing an official electronic credential from Stanford University, the software uses Adobe’s secure certified PDF technology and therefore may only be viewed using the free Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat 9.0 or higher. The default Mac preview application will not display the document correctly.


Learn more about CeDiplomas on this overview page, or through the CeDiploma Frequently Asked Questions.