Diplomas & Academic Credentials

Diplomas FAQ

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are scheduled to be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after degrees are officially awarded by the Office of the Registrar. International mail requires an additional 1-2 week delivery time. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and is subject to change due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates will be provided an advance notice when diplomas are being mailed. Diplomas are not available for pick up on campus.

I cleared my financial hold, when can I expect my diploma?

If you clear your financial hold after the mailing schedule, your diploma will be withheld in our office. We don’t receive automatic notifications when students complete holds, so it is your responsibility to contact our office regarding the release of your diploma. Please be advised it can take up to 7 business days to confirm a hold has been cleared. Once we receive confirmation from the Student Financial Services Office we can arrange for the mailing of your diploma.

Will my major be printed on my diploma?

The major will be printed on diplomas for non-specified degrees (Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Professional Studies, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Doctor of Philosophy) only. Minors and concentrations are not printed on any diplomas.

What are the dimensions/size of the diploma?

All degrees are 11×14. Certificates are 8.5×11.

Will my honors designation be listed on my diploma (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude)?

Honors designations are listed on diplomas for undergraduate degrees only.


Replacement/Copy Diploma:

Due to Northeastern’s guidance for staff to work remotely, there will be a delay with printed replacement diplomas. You will be notified when diplomas are able to be reprinted and we are unable to rush diplomas during this time. WE ARE UNABLE TO REPLACE DIPLOMAS FROM PRIOR TO 2010 GRADUATES AT THIS TIME.

Graduates may request a replacement/duplicate diploma by filling out the Replacement Diploma Form. *WE ARE UNABLE TO REPLACE DIPLOMAS FROM PRIOR TO 2010 GRADUATES AT THIS TIME.

The replacement cost is $50.

If you wish your replacement diploma to display a different name than the one printed on your original diploma and the one in our records, you must complete the Name Change Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. This must be done before you submit the replacement diploma form.

Once the request for the replacement diploma is approved, it will take approximately 6-8 weeks before the diploma is ready and mailed out to you. Replacement diplomas will reflect signatures of the current administration. Please note that the diploma will be clearly marked “Replacement” on the front side of the diploma.

Important information:

  • Only students are authorized to order a replacement for themselves. Others are not permitted to order on behalf of another student.
  • If you have not received your original copy of your diploma, DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM. Please email us at commencement@northeastern.edu with your name, NUID, and graduation date so we can investigate the status of your diploma.
  • We are unable to process requests for certificate programs prior to 2010
Change of Address:

Students can update their address(es) via myNortheastern.

  • Go to View Application to Graduate to change your address.
  • Please put the address that is best to mail your diploma. It does not have to be your current living address.
  • You must change your address 2 weeks prior to graduating.
Commencement and Student Record Name Change:

Commencement and Student Record Name Change Form

Complete this form and return it with the applicable documentation if you would like to change your name on your graduation application and diploma.

Your request must be processed by the Registrar’s Office no less than 6 weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure that your diploma will be printed correctly.

If you are changing your name 6 weeks after you’ve received your diploma, you will need to fill out the Replacement Diploma Form instead.


Due to Northeastern’s guidance for staff to work remotely, we are unable to process Notarizations and Apostilles at this time.

Apostille Process

If you need more information about Apostilles, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)

Northeastern University now provides a Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) to all graduates as of March 2020 and forward in addition to your traditional paper diploma. Click here for more information.

Academic Credentials

Transcript and Enrollment Verification Information:

Transcript and Enrollment Verification information can be found Office of the Registrar’s website.