Diplomas

Students are issued a diploma after their degree has been awarded. Diplomas are available three to four months after the end of the term in which the degree was awarded. Paper diplomas are automatically mailed to the permanent address listed on MyUCSC. Permanent addresses may be updated on MyUCSC.  Starting spring 2022, complimentary Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiplomas) are also available to students.

The name on your diploma will appear exactly as it does on university records. Currently enrolled students, who have had a legal name change, may change their name through the Office of the Registrar.

CeDiplomas

Image of the credential validation page where an ID is entered to validate the purchase a Certified Electronic Diploma 

Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiplomas) are certified electronic diplomas that are secured credentials that students may share electronically. Students who graduated spring 2022 and later will receive a complimentary CeDiploma. Pre-spring 2022 graduates will be able to can order a CeDiploma online for a fee. Until then, only paper diplomas may be reordered using the diploma replacement form. For more information on CeDiplomas, see the CeDiplomas page

Replacement of a Diploma

There is only one original diploma. To request a replacement diploma, complete a Diploma Replacement request Form and either attach a $75 check made payable to “UC Regents,” and send to the Office of the Registrar (see address below) or select the "Post fees to account" option.  All diploma reorders will have a small notation indicating the replacement. If the original diploma arrived damaged, return the damaged diploma to UC Santa Cruz for a complimentary reorder.

Replacement diplomas can take anywhere from four to six weeks weeks.

Correct the Name on a Diploma

If you have graduated and have had a legal change of name you may request a replacement diploma with the new legal name. Complete a Diploma Replacement request Form, attach legal documentation noting the change of name and a $75 check made payable to “UC Regents,” and send to the Office of the Registrar via mail or in person. This diploma will also have a notation indicating the replacement.

You can view more information about diplomas here.

Billing Hold

Students can have various billing holds placed on their account, which can include the withholding of ordering a diploma with UC Santa Cruz’s printing vendor. To have a hold released, review the hold information in your portal and reach out to the directed contacts and office that placed the hold in order to resolve it. The Office of the Registrar does not place this hold.

Mailing Address

Office of the Registrar
190 Hahn Student Services
1156 High Street
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077

Revised: 11/15/22