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Diplomas, Transcripts, and Commencement Information

Obtaining Your Diploma

Degrees are conferred each quarter, but diplomas are distributed once each year at the department ceremonies held after the University ceremony in the stadium. Information about your department ceremony will be available from your department during Spring Quarter.

When you apply to graduate on Axess, you will be asked to inform the Office of the University Registrar how you wish to receive your diploma: at the department ceremony, at the Student Services Center (Tresidder Union, 2nd Floor), or by mail. If you choose to pick up your diploma at the Student Services Center, it will be available starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016. If you request that your diploma be mailed, it will be sent during July.

You may use Axess (select the “Apply to Graduate” function) as often as necessary to update your diploma distribution instructions through May 30, 2016.

For more information, see the Registrar's Diplomas page.


Degree recipients who require evidence of conferral may order official transcripts to be issued after degrees are posted. Degrees are recorded in Axess within one week after the conferral date.

Any party (your employer, insurance company, etc.) may request confirmation of degree conferral by contacting the National Student Clearinghouse online or at (703) 742-4200.

See Degree Certification for detailed information about the degree certificate.

Commencement Information Mailings

A Commencement Weekend brochure (containing the full schedule of Commencement Weekend activities, cap and gown instructions, etc.) will be mailed by the Stanford Events office to all degree candidates in early Spring. It will be sent to your mailing address as listed in Axess.

A separate packet of Commencement information addressed to “The Parents of (your name)” will be mailed by Stanford Events to parents of undergraduates.

The brochure and information packets provide a schedule and invitations for the various Commencement Weekend ceremonies, tours, and activities. This mailing also uses the parental addresses as listed in Axess. Please review all related address information at your earliest convenience so that you and your parents can be notified in a timely manner.