Diploma Information

Undergraduate degrees are conferred by the college. Graduate degrees are conferred by the Graduate School. Once conferrals are complete, the Office of the University Registrar orders the diploma. When conferred, the degree appears on the official transcript.

Name

The name on your diploma will be the Primary Name on your academic record at the time your degree is awarded. You may not use your Preferred Name on your diploma.

Review your Primary Name in Student Essentials (it is displayed above the holds link). If you wish to correct your Primary Name you must do so prior to your degree date. Students who are expected to graduate will receive a reminder email a few months before graduation. See more about name changes.

Mailing

Diplomas are mailed directly to your Home address after degrees are awarded. prior to your degree date, please review and update your home address in Student Essentials.

  • May diplomas are mailed in mid to late June
  • August diplomas are mailed in mid to late September
  • December diplomas are mailed in mid to late February

Diplomas are mailed from our diploma vendor. All diplomas are sent via the United States Postal Service. They will be sent first-class for U.S. domestic addresses and airmail for international addresses.

You will receive an email message when your diploma is mailed. Allow 30 days from the mailing date to receive your diploma. If you have not received your diploma after 30 days, please contact the Office of the University Registrar, diploma@cornell.edu.

Diploma Size

Diplomas are 11 inches x 14 inches in size.

Damaged diploma

Occasionally, diplomas are damaged during mailing. If your diploma is delivered damaged, please send a photo of the damaged diploma and order number to diploma@cornell.edu. Diplomas damaged during shipping will be replaced at no cost.

Majors, minors and honors

Majors appear on the official transcript. Minors and concentrations are added to the transcript at the time of degree conferral. Majors are not printed on the diploma unless honors are awarded in the major. Questions about honors should be directed to the college registrar.

eDiploma

An official eDiploma can be accessed through our official diploma vendor, Michael Sutter. eDiplomas are an electronic version of the paper diploma. They cannot be printed. However, you can provide the PDF as confirmation of the completion of degree. The eDiploma is a certified PDF of your diploma. You will receive your eDiploma when your diploma is ordered, after your degree is conferred.

For alumni, an eDiploma can be ordered for a one-time charge of $5 and will be delivered to your within a few hours of ordering.

Diploma holds

Your diploma will not be ordered if a diploma hold has been placed on your record. You will be sent an email notifying you of the diploma hold. When you clear the hold, contact the Office of the University Registrar, diploma@cornell.edu, to request a diploma be ordered. Check for a diploma hold in Student Essentials.

Reissuing a diploma

Alumni may order a reissued diploma if their first diploma is lost or damaged. Diplomas are reissued in the primary name on your student record at the time of graduation. A $200 reissue fee will be assessed. Please note delivery time is 6-8 weeks. 

Order Online:

Orders for reissued diplomas can be placed through our official diploma vendor, Michael Sutter and require a credit card. 

Orders by Mail:

Graduates unable to place an order online may order a reissued diploma by mail. Please complete the diploma order form or send a letter with the following information:

  • Full name at time of graduation
  • Graduation date
  • Degree(s)
  • College
  • Major
  • Student ID number (if you do not have your Student ID number, please provide your Social Security number)
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Signature

Send your completed form or letter with a $200 check, payable to Cornell University Office of the University Registrar, Attn: Diplomas, B07Day Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Payment must be in U.S. funds drawn from a U.S. institution or bank. Credit cards cannot be accepted for orders placed by mail. 

Note: Orders must be placed by the graduate. Orders will not be accepted from family members.