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Diplomas and Commencement

Obtaining Your Diploma

Up to date information on when to expect your diploma can be found at Obtaining your Diploma. All diplomas will be mailed. For more information on how to update your diploma address, please navigate to How to Receive your Diploma by Mail

We understand getting your diploma via mail is a different experience than receiving it at the commencement ceremonies. We share in your disappointment that there may be delays in obtaining your paper diploma.

It is important to note the following:

  • The address indicated in the application to graduate should be able to receive mail for several months after your graduate.

  • If you are moving soon after you graduate, please provide the USPS a forwarding address.

  • Picking up your diploma at the Student Services Center is not available at this time.

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 generally available prior to paper diplomas.

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