Frequently Asked Questions

The official Latin diplomas for degrees conferred at May Commencement are distributed at a separate ceremony in each residential college and professional school. Diplomas for the Graduate School are presented in Woolsey Hall and Horchow Hall.

Diploma Pick up Request
Following Commencement in May, students who did not receive their diploma at the Commencement ceremony may pick it up by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please complete and submit the 
Diploma Request Form to schedule an appointment. Identification must be shown when picking up a diploma. To receive diplomas, graduates must have paid all debts to the University in full.

Diploma Mailing Request
Students who do not expect to attend Commencement and would like to have their diploma mailed must go to the SIS Web page and insert a diploma mailing address by April 8, 2019. If your address changes after April 8, please complete and submit the Diploma Request Form with instructions for mailing the diploma. May 2019 diplomas will be mailed after August 1, 2019.

Law degrees conferred in May 2019 will be mailed after August 1, 2019.

Diploma Conferred Mid-year
Mid-year diplomas will be mailed six weeks after the degree has been conferred. To receive diplomas, graduates must have paid all debts to the University in full.

If a diploma mailing address is not provided in advance, the diploma will remain at the Office of the Secretary and Vice President. Please complete and submit the Diploma Request Form to request mailing of your diploma or schedule a pick up time. Identification must be shown when picking up a diploma. 

Students who qualify for degrees in December from the Graduate School may request their diploma now and still attend Commencement. Please refer to the Diploma Request Form to submit a request for your diploma. You will also need to complete the GSAS Commencement Response Form by April 15th to confirm your attendance at Commencement. December diplomas will be available in early February.

The diploma is printed with the degree conferred and any honors/distinctions received. The major is printed on the diploma only when there has been an award of Distinction in the Major.

Diploma Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.375

Diploma frames are available at The Yale Bookstore.

Additional information on the status of your account is available by contacting Student Financial and Administrative Services:

Exit interview hold. This hold is a requirement of the Department of Education for all students who had/have a federal loan. Please go to to create your user account and enable access to your loan information. 

How to Create a User ID:

      Go to click on “Sign Up” and then:

  • Select a username and password
  • Enter the following information
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • UAS Loan ID (Enter new YPP account)
    • Date of Birth (Enter the Contract Holder DOB)
    • Zip/Postal Code
  • Click on the box to accept the privacy policy and customer agreement
  • Click on the “Sign Up” icon at the bottom to create your account

When you receive confirmation that all Holds have been released, forward the hold release to and refer to the Diploma Request Form to submit a request for your diploma. Please allow 24 to 48 hrs for the release to be processed.

A sample translation is available on the Diplomas Website. If you require an official translation, please complete an Application for Translation.

No, the Office of the Secretary provides an official English translation of the diploma.

Applications cannot be submitted electronically. An original, signed and notarized application is required to process all diploma related requests. If expedited service is required, please forward the application by express delivery and mail to:  Office of the Secretary, Diplomas, 1 Prospect Street, Suite 102, New Haven, CT 06511.

It is the policy of the Office of the Secretary to mail all diploma related documents. Scanning and emailing of documents is not allowed. Express delivery is available for an additional fee.

The Office of the Secretary does not have electronic copies of diplomas available for distribution.

Notary services are available at most banking and financial institutions. You can also contact your local town hall, city hall or county courthouse to locate a notary.