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Your diploma

Note: Due to COVID-19, there is a delay in the production of paper diplomas. Digital diplomas will be distributed as normal and remain available via Parchment.

All University of Minnesota graduates receive both a printed diploma and a secure digital version. The University of Minnesota includes the following information on diplomas:

  • Name
  • Degree earned
  • The confer date
  • Honors earned (if applicable)

Your diploma does not indicate your major or minor. These details are recorded on your official transcript. 

Digital diplomas are provided to students who graduated fall 2019 and later. You can access your digital diploma through Parchment and it can be downloaded or shared as a secure PDF. Its authenticity will be verified each time it is accessed.

Diploma name

By default, your primary/legal name will print on your diploma. You can add or update a different first or middle name by going to MyU: My Info and entering a "degree name" (see step-by-step instructions). You are responsible for verifying the name that will appear on your diploma by your graduation date.

Your primary/legal last name must match the degree last name. If you need to change your primary/legal name, please update your information prior to your graduation date. You are able to include the following special characters for your first, middle, and last name on your diploma without submitting a legal name change:

  • À à, Á á, â, Ã ã, Ä ä, Æ æ
  • Ç ç
  • È è, Ê ê, Ë ë
  • Ì ì, Í í, Î î, Ï ï
  • Ñ ñ
  • Ò ò, Ó ó, Ô ô, Õ õ, Ö ö
  • Ù ù, Ú ú, Û û, Ü ü
  • Ý ý, Ÿ ÿ

Diploma address

It is up to you to make sure your diploma is mailed to the correct address. Your diploma will be mailed to the diploma address that appears in MyU: My Info. If that address is not entered (see step-by-step instructions), your diploma will be mailed to your home address.

Mailing timeline

Diplomas for undergraduate students will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the end of term.

Diplomas for graduate and professional degree students will be mailed 4-6 weeks after their degree has been awarded. Please note that the process for awarding degrees begins 1-2 weeks after the graduation date, and that not all degrees are awarded at once.

Domestic shipping

The standard shipping method for diplomas addressed to U.S. addresses is via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Please allow adequate time for delivery. Note that tracking information is not available for USPS.

If you wish to have your diploma mailed via FedEx, complete a FedEx Diploma Delivery Request. The deadline to submit the form is your graduation date. FedEx Diploma Delivery Requests must be turned in to the Twin Cities campus with the appropriate payment, and late forms will not be accepted. FedEx delivery includes tracking information.

International shipping

The standard shipping method for diplomas addressed outside the U.S. is via international priority (at no charge).

Request a duplicate diploma

You may request a duplicate diploma only after receiving your initial diploma. The University of Minnesota considers duplicate diplomas to be an official document. A duplicate diploma will carry the signatures of the University officials at the time of reissue. It may replace an original diploma, reflect a legal name change, or provide an additional diploma for display.

There is no charge for a duplicate diploma. There is a $15 fee for domestic priority shipping.

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Important Dates

Academics

Mon, Jul 6, 2020 Second 7-week summer sessions begin
Mon, Jul 6, 2020 Second half summer sessions begin
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 Regular and second half summer session last day of classes

Graduation

Fri, Aug 21, 2020 Degree conferral date for summer semester 2019
Sat, May 8, 2021 Commencement ceremony