Graduates receive their diplomas approximately 12 weeks after graduation. 

Diplomas are mailed directly from the vendor to the address provided on your graduation application.

In order to receive your diploma or for your transcripts to be released, all account balances with the University must be cleared.

Please make sure any fees, including your application for graduation fee and any other outstanding balance, is paid by the end of the semester in which you are graduating. It is a policy of the State of North Carolina that neither diplomas nor transcripts can be released if the student has an unpaid account with the University. 

Graduating students should contact the following areas to ensure that their accounts are clear:

  • Student Accounts Office (828-262-2113)
  • Library (828-262-2818)
  • University Bookstore (828-262-3070)

Note: Students who have received a federal loan (Perkins or Stafford) are required to have an "exit interview" prior to graduation. Please contact the Financial Aid Office (828-262-2190) for assistance.


Diplomas will list:

  • Name entered on your Graduation Application
  • Degree earned
  • Major(s)
  • Latin Honors (if earned)

Minors and concentrations are not listed on diplomas. 

Students who completed double majors will receive a separate diploma for each major. Those who earned double degrees will receive a separate diploma for each degree. 

Note: If your legal name (as it appears in Banner) is inaccurate and you wish to have it corrected, please complete and submit the Statement of Identity Form with required documentation.

When you Apply to Graduate, the application requires you to indicate a diploma mailing address. This is the address where your official diploma will be mailed approximately 12 weeks after graduation.  

Our diploma vendor, Jostens, uses UPS as their delivery carrier for diplomas. Each diploma is packaged in a sturdy cardboard envelope and left at the door of the delivery address. Diplomas cannot be shipped to PO Boxes or campus addresses.

Note: Please provide a mailing address that reflects where you will be living two months AFTER graduation rather than where you are currently living.

The diploma measures 8 ½" x 11" and the page layout is landscape.

Students who participate in the Commencement Ceremony will receive a commemorative diploma cover at the ceremony, which can be used to store their diploma. 

Diploma covers are also available for pick-up after the ceremony from the Registrar's Office for students who earn their degree in the current semester but do not walk/participate in commencement.

Email graduation@appstate.edu after commencement to arrange pick up or have one sent by mail.  

Graduates may order a duplicate undergraduate diploma by submitting the Duplicate Diploma Request form.

The fee for duplicate diplomas for undergraduate students is $15 per diploma or $25 for rush orders. Duplicate orders for diplomas that are lost or delivered to an expired address will incur an additional fee. 

If you need to order a duplicate graduate diploma, visit https://graduate.appstate.edu/enrolled-students/graduation-faqs.