Degrees are conferred each quarter but diplomas are awarded once a year at departmental Commencement ceremonies held following the University Commencement ceremony in the Stanford Stadium. See below for pick-up options on Commencement Sunday.
Diplomas are available for pick-up or mailing on the diploma distribution dates listed below.
If you choose to "Attend" your department ceremony as your diploma distribution option, then diplomas for undergraduate degrees are distributed to departments once a year at the June Commencement ceremony regardless of which quarter the degree was conferred.
If you choose "Pick-up" or "Mail" as your diploma distribution option, then those diplomas are available for pick-up or mailing on the diploma distribution date listed below. Please note that UG distinction is only calculated once a year during the Spring Quarter. If you have received your diploma before Spring Commencement via mail or pick-up, and have since been granted distinction, then you will have to return your original diploma to the Student Services Center to be reprinted free of charge.
Diplomas for graduate degrees are available for pick-up or mailing on the diploma distribution date listed below.
|Quarter of Conferral||Paper Diploma
|Autumn, 2019-20||April 6, 2020||February 24, 2020|
|Winter, 2019-20||June 14, 2020 - Commencement||May 26, 2020|
|Spring, 2019-20||June 14, 2020 - Commencement||July 20, 2020|
|Summer, 2018-19||December 3, 2019||November 1, 2019|
*This date is for the recently passed Summer Quarter 2019. The dates for Summer Quarter 2020 will be entered early in Winter Quarter.
Students picking up their diplomas on Commencement Sunday may do so at the Student Services Center, Tressider Union, second floor, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
When you use Axess to apply to graduate, you are asked how you wish to receive your diploma:
If you select the pick-up option, you may designate someone in advance to pick up your diploma for you.
Since all departmental ceremonies are held concurrently, if you are a multiple major or will receive multiple degrees in different departments (e.g., coterminal or dual degree student), you must indicate which ceremony you plan to attend. You can pick up the other diploma at the Student Services Center on Commencement Sunday (1:00pm-4:00pm), or elect to have the diploma mailed.
You can change your distribution choice, via Axess, up until two weeks before degree conferral. After this deadline has past, you must complete a Service Request to change your distribution option. The last date that you can submit the Service Request form in Spring quarter is the late application to graduate date.
If you have submitted the paper form for a late application to graduate you must also submit a Service Request to designate how you would like to pickup your diploma.