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Stanford will no longer hand out diplomas at Commencement.  As we celebrate your success and accomplishments at this year’s Commencement 2022, we will only be handing out diploma covers. All diplomas will be mailed after degree conferral. Please allow 6-8 weeks for diploma delivery. International mail may take more time. Please do not submit a Service Request for status inquiries until this time period has passed. If you are moving from the address you provided please have all mail forwarded to your new address. All diplomas are mailed by regular 1st class mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS) with tracking. You will receive an email with tracking information from our vendor as soon as your diploma is shipped. In your application to graduate the only diploma distribution option available is the mail option.

To see when diplomas will be distributed please see Obtaining Your Diploma.

Verifying your Degree before Receiving your Diploma

There are alternative ways to show evidence of your Stanford degree prior to receiving your diploma:

  • Any party (your employer, insurance company, etc.) may request confirmation of degree conferral by contacting the National Student Clearinghouse online or at (703) 742-4200. Degrees are provided to the National Student Clearinghouse within one week of conferring degrees.

  • Transcripts will reflect conferral date the day after degrees are posted.

  • Electronic Degree Certification through Axess available starting the day after conferral and a turnaround time of 30 minutes.

  • Paper Degree Certifications through our Online Document Portal starting the day after conferral with a processing time of 5 business days. FedEx options with tracking available.

  • Electronic CeDiplomas are available prior to paper diplomas in MyLocker see Obaining Your Diploma for a list of dates.


If you have any questions or concerns please submit a Service Request.



Conferral Date: the day your degree is awarded.
Commencement Date: the June graduation ceremony.
Diploma Distribution Date: the day your diploma is available for mailing.

When will my degree show as awarded?

The conferral of degrees is posted to your permanent record approximately three business days after the conferral date. Degree recipients who require evidence of conferral may order official transcripts to be issued after degrees are posted, or alternatively, may request a degree certificate (Enrollment Certification).

What academic information will appear on my diploma?

All diplomas bear the signatures of the current University Chair of the Board of Trustees, President, and School Dean.

Graduate or Professional
Major(s) (academic plan) Yes Yes Yes
Minor No Ph.D. only Yes
Secondary Major No N/A Yes
Concentration (aka subplan) If applicable and approved by your department or school If applicable and approved by your department or school If applicable and approved by your department or school
Interdisciplinary Honors Yes, if applicable N/A Yes
Departmental Honors Yes, if applicable N/A Yes
Distinction Yes, if applicable N/A Yes, if applicable
Degree Yes Yes Yes
Date of Degree Conferral Yes Yes Yes

When will distinction appear on my diploma?

Distinction is awarded to the top 15% of the graduating class based on cumulative grade point averages calculated at the end of Winter Quarter. Distinction is noted on both the transcript and diploma. 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 will be reprinted with the distiction notation after Spring Quarter and mailed to you.