Graduate on stage receiving a diploma cover and congratulatory letter

Diplomas

At commencement, you will receive an MU diploma folder and a congratulatory letter. You will receive your diploma in the mail approximately 12 weeks after graduation.

In order to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address, verify your permanent mailing address in myZou.

Sizes

There are two diploma sizes. Students receiving a bachelor's, master's, educational specialist degree or a certificate will receive an 8 ½ by 11 inch diploma. Students receiving a doctorate will receive a 13 ¾ by 16 ¾ inch diploma. All diplomas are printed as portrait style.

Name Changes

If you want a name change to be reflected on your diploma, you must update it in the student records system. Your name must be changed by the deadline provided in an email sent to your student account regarding commencement.

According to University policy, legal documentation is required verifying your new name as well as the name you were previously known as in the MU records system. The documentation must include your:

  • date of birth
  • photograph
  • signature

If the documentation you submit does not contain all three criteria, you will have to submit additional documentation that does. The following are acceptable documents:

  • current, government-issued ID card such as a driver's license, military ID or passport
  • current, valid Social Security Card with your new name
  • federally recognized Indian tribe's enrollment card or a US Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card containing the new name, photograph and signiture of the individual
  • certified copy of a court order, a marriage certificate or a dissolution decree reflecting the new name in full

Students may abbreviate their middle name without documentation. However, proof is required if a student is adding, deleting or changing an initial to their middle name.

A name change may be processed in person or submitted by mail, fax or email. A completed name changes form along with the appropriate documentation should be sent to:

Office of the University Registrar

125 Jesse Hall

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211

Contact

If you have questions regarding updating your permanent mailing address or your diploma name, please contact Diploma@missouri.edu.