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Your diploma

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

  • 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 Diploma

You will receive an email from Parchment (congratulations@parchment.com) one to two weeks after your degree is awarded. This email will include a link to your digital diploma and instructions to access it, and you will have permanent online access to your digital diploma. Your digital diploma is a secure PDF and an official University document. Like any PDF it can be downloaded, attached to job applications, emailed, or shared. The document’s 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

Fri, Feb 12, 2021 First 5-week session classes end
Mon, Feb 15, 2021 Second 5-week session classes begin
Fri, Mar 5, 2021 First half semester classes end

Graduation

Fri, Mar 5, 2021 Last day to apply to graduate for spring or summer 2021 undergraduate degree candidates
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Last day to RSVP for the spring 2021 commencement ceremony
Sat, May 8, 2021 Commencement ceremony