You can expect to see your diploma in the mail approximately three months after you graduate.*
Here’s how it works: You’ll receive a red IU diploma cover at your commencement ceremony. We’ll mail your diploma to your student home address approximately two months after you graduate, once your final grades and completion of degree requirements have been verified. Because of delivery time, it will then take an additional two to four weeks to arrive in your mailbox. For example, if you are a May graduate, your diploma will arrive by about the middle of August.
To receive your diploma in the mail, please make sure that your current student home address is listed accurately in the Personal Information section of the Student Center.. This is your responsibility.
Additionally, any holds on your record that prevent the release of documents (including things like a Bursar encumbrance or a missed Student Loan Administration exit interview) can also prevent us from sending your diploma to you. It's a good idea to check for any holds through the Student Center prior to graduation.
Generally, if you are graduating in the months of May, the end of summer, or December, we will send you an email during the semester in which you are scheduled to graduate. In the email you will be prompted to confirm or change the address we have on file.
This is important: You must have applied for graduation by the time the email is produced, or you will not receive it.
As a current student, you can change your address through the Student Center. If you are a former student and you still have access to your account in the Student Center, you can also change your address there.
Additionally, you can choose to send an email request to email@example.com, or send a written request through the U.S. mail. You can also visit our office to fill out a Change of Address form.
All requests must include your name and student identification number.
* Please be aware that diplomas mailed to international addresses will likely take an additional four weeks. If you need it sooner than that, you might consider our FedEx International Priority delivery option.
All diplomas, with the exception of professional diplomas, are 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Professional diplomas, such as J.D. or O.D diplomas, are 16 x 20 inches.
The degree title will be located in the center of your diploma, below your name. Generally, your name will appear in this order: first name, middle name, last name.
The name that appears on the diploma will be the same as your PRIMARY name listed in the Student Center.
This is important: It is your responsibility to verify that the name listed is correct, or to provide any changes required, including hyphens, spaces, lower/upper case letters, accents, etc.
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Diploma Name & Address
Diploma Name Change
If you wish to request a variation of your legal name for the printing of your diploma (e.g., first or middle initial instead of full first or middle name), you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to include your ten-digit university ID number in your email.
Address Verification and Changes
Diplomas are mailed ten to twelve weeks after the graduation date to your Student Home address as listed in the Personal Information section of the Student Center. (Choose Student Home, not Home or Mailing.) Generally, if you're graduating in the months of May, end of summer, or December, the Office of the Registrar will contact you via your IU email towards the end of that term to verify this address, but it's your responsibility to ensure your Student Home address is current and correct.
If you're graduating in a month other than the ones listed above (an option for graduate students), you should submit your Student Home address through the Student Center by the middle of the month following your graduation date.
Diplomas are sent via the U.S. Postal Service to domestic addresses. If you want your diploma mailed to an address other than your Student Home address, you'll need to contact email@example.com and provide your name, student identification number (UID), and the address to which you want your diploma mailed.
Diplomas that can’t be delivered by the USPS will be returned to the Office of the Registrar. If an updated Student Home address is on file, the diploma will automatically be re-mailed. In any case, if you haven't received your diploma four months after graduation, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Please include your name, UID, degree date and degree name (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc) in the email.
Diplomas mailed to international addresses are sent via U.S. Air Mail. If you wish to have your diploma sent to an international address, you must enter your full internation address as your Student Home address in the Personal Information section of the Student Center. (Choose Student Home, not Home or Mailing.)
As a reminder, you should expect your diploma to be mailed ten to twelve weeks after graduation. Delivery time is approximately two weeks for domestic delivery from the time they're mailed. Diplomas mailed to international addresses can take four to eight weeks longer to arrive.
For faster, trackable delivery, consider taking advantage of our FedEx Delivery Option. This is recommended for deliveries to China due to previous mailing complications we have experienced.
FedEx Delivery Option
If you want to rush the delivery of your diploma, you can request to have it delivered by FedEx Priority for shipments within the United States.
For shipments outside of the United States, it can be delivered by FedEx International Priority. FedEx is currently the only rush delivery service we offer.
The fee for domestic overnight priority is $25. The fee for international priority is $45.
FedEx Priority Service Information
- Payment by credit card is required when opting for FedEx delivery. We use PayPal for electronic payments, but you aren't required to have a PayPal account to pay online through our Request for Diploma Mailing To Be Sent by Federal Express system.
- FedEx will not deliver to a post office box, so please specify a street address.
- FedEx requires a phone number for the recipient of the shipment be included on the air bill. Requests for FedEx service that do not include the required recipient phone number will result in the document(s) being mailed regular mail via U.S. Postal Service.
- FedEx may be unable to provide delivery service to some remote locations. If you have any address delivery concerns, contact FedEx to confirm delivery is available to the recipient address prior to submitting your request.
- For more information about Federal Express Priority delivery, go to www.fedex.com or call 1-800-463-3339 for questions regarding U.S. domestic shipments, 1-800-247-4747 for international shipments. Call your local FedEx office if calling from outside the United States.
Request FedEx Delivery
In order to receive your diploma using our FedEx Priority service, you must complete an online Request for Diploma Mailing To Be Sent by Federal Express. You'll need to have an active IU computing account and know your username and passphrase in order to complete your request and pay electronically.
If you're a current or former IU student trying to request a Duplicate Diploma, you also have an expedited FedEx delivery option, but you should use our Duplicate Diploma Request system, instead.
If you have any questions regarding our FedEx Priority service, you may contact us at email@example.com.