Information on Diplomas
Your name (as listed on your application for graduation), degree awarded and primary major are included on the diploma. In addition, if you are an undergraduate and you graduate with Latin honors, then that honors designation is included on your diploma. For more information, please see Honors for Graduating Students.
Additional majors, concentrations, and minors are not listed on diplomas. For more information, please see “Undergraduate Majors, Minors, Concentrations, and Degrees” in the left navigational bar of the online Undergraduate Catalog.
- Bachelor, Master, and Specialist diplomas are 12″ by 15″.
- Doctoral diplomas are 14″ by 17″.
Ordering Additional Diplomas
The university is authorized to withhold your diploma order for any financial fees owed to any department of the university.
A diploma may be purchased here. Please note that additional or replacement diplomas take approximately four to six weeks to receive if you select the non-expedited printing option.
Note: Please be advised that all diplomas ordered will now reflect four (4) signatures from the current UT-System administrative officials.
The Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) is an electronic version of your diploma. The diploma information is presented in a secure, portable, and verifiable format.
CeDiplomas® are only available for degrees awarded spring 2018 and forward.Learn more about CeDiplomas
Name Change on Diploma
You will need to provide a copy of a legal document showing the name requested. This is only if the name differs from what appears on the academic transcript.
MARRIAGE LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS LEGAL PROOF OF NAME CHANGE. You may provide us with a copy of one of the following as proof: birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or court document.
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your name (as listed on your application for graduation), degree awarded and primary major are included on the diploma. In addition, if you are an undergraduate and you graduate with Latin honors, then that honors category is included on your diploma. Additional majors, concentrations, and minors are only listed on your official transcript.
All undergraduate, master and specialist diplomas are 12”x15”. All doctoral diplomas are 14”x17”.
Diplomas are mailed to degree recipients approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the end of the fall, spring and summer terms.
Diplomas ship to the address that applicants list on their application for graduation. If you would like your diploma sent to an address different than the one listed on your graduation application you must email email@example.com to update this information. You must make this request no later than one week following your commencement ceremony. Please note that changing your address via MyUTK does not update your diploma mailing address.
If you completed a USPS Change of Address form prior to shipment your diploma should arrive at your new address in 2 to 3 weeks. If your diploma is returned to the Office of the University Registrar we will contact you at your UTK email. If your diploma is lost due to the change of address you will be required to submit a request for a replacement at the cost of $25.
If you would like to update the name that will be displayed on your diploma you must email firstname.lastname@example.org update this information. You must make this request no later than one week following your commencement ceremony. If the deadline passes, you will be required to submit a request for a replacement at the cost of $25.
You can submit a replacement diploma request here. After you submit your request, please email email@example.com a copy of a legal document verifying the name change. Examples of acceptable documents include birth certificate, driver’s license, divorce decree, and social security card. We cannot accept a copy of a marriage license or marriage certificate. If you have additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is the honors category on my diploma and transcript different from what was in the commencement program?
The diploma and transcript will show your official graduation honors, which is based on your cumulative average at the end of your graduation term. More information about honors categories can be found here.
The honors category shown in the commencement program is unofficial and is based on a student’s cumulative average at the end of the term prior to the graduation term; therefore, the honors category in the commencement program may differ from the official graduation honors category that appears on the student’s diploma and transcript once final grades are submitted.
Instructions on how to upload your CeDiploma to LinkedIn can be found here.
Additional or replacement diplomas cost $25 and can be ordered here. You must wait until after you receive your original diploma before submitting a request for any additional copy or replacement.
The UT Board of Trustees set guidelines for all diplomas issued by any UT campus beginning Fall 2022. As of Fall 2022, all additional or replacement diplomas must follow these newly established guidelines (including diploma dimensions) regardless of when the degree was originally awarded. More information about these guidelines can be found here.
If you have an unresolved financial obligation with the university your diploma will not be ordered. You will be contacted at your UTK email approximately 4 weeks after the end of the term if your diploma was not ordered. Once you resolve any financial obligation you must contact email@example.com so that we can confirm the financial hold has been lifted and submit the order for your diploma.
I am seeking a job in a foreign country and I need a copy of my diploma apostilled. How do I start that process?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed instructions about this process. This process can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to complete once initiated.