Diploma Information

Information for Current Students

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.

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.

Information for Alumni

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.

Order Online:

Orders for reissued diplomas can be placed using the online ordering site. You can access the site through Student Essentials with your NetID and password. If you do not have a NetID and password you can create an account and set a password at the ordering site.

After you submit your order you will receive an email confirming the request has been received. The status of your order can be tracked by selecting My Account in the top left corner of the ordering site.

The order status will indicate "on-hold" while our staff researches your record and processes your request. Please allow 30 business days for research and processing.

A second email will be sent when the order has been placed. When the diploma order is placed, the status of your order will change from "on-hold" to "delivered." Delivered indicates that the order has been placed not mailed or delivered to you.

Orders placed online require a credit card.

Order 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 the time of graduation
  • Graduation date
  • Degree(s)
  • College
  • Major
  • Student ID number (if you don't remember your 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, B07 Day 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 that orders must be placed by the graduate. Orders will not be accepted from family members.

Diploma Holds

Your diploma will not be ordered if a diploma hold has been placed on your record. When you clear the hold, contact the Office of the University Registrar so the order can be processed. Check for a diploma hold in Student Essentials.

Mailing Information

Diplomas are mailed directly from our order fulfillment center. 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.

Occasionally, diplomas are damaged during mailing. If your diploma is delivered damaged please send the damaged diploma and cover sheet included in the shipping envelope, including the order number, to the Office of the University Registrar, Attn: Diplomas, B07 Day Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Diplomas damaged during shipping will be replaced at no cost.