Diplomas and Graduation FAQs
If you did not find your answer here, email the Records team for assistance. Include your name, PID and home mailing address in your email.
A student who would like to order a duplicate diploma should complete and submit a Replacement Diploma Order Form with all the pertinent information.
Important: Only the student him/herself may order a duplicate diploma.
During the application for graduation process, you were asked to confirm the full legal name listed in ConnectCarolina and, if incorrect, to contact the Registrar’s Office to initiate a name change. For graduating students, the deadline to request name changes which will be reflected on diplomas is included under Important Graduation Dates.
If the name on a graduate’s diploma is incorrect but does reflect the full legal name as listed in ConnectCarolina at the stated deadline, the student will need to request a name change, after which they may pay for a new diploma by completing and submitting a Replacement Diploma Order Form.
If the name is incorrect on the diploma because of an error by our office, the incorrect diploma can be returned for a free replacement.
Contact the Records section for further instructions.
UNC Commencement website
Each term, eligible students may apply for graduation through their ConnectCarolina account beginning the first day of class.
On the Academics tab, select “Apply for Graduation” from the drop-down box and click the arrow. if this option is not available, you should contact your academic advisor to confirm that you are eligible to graduate.
A Proof of Awarded Degree is often accepted in place of a diploma to verify educational credentials. If you need this letter as part of your documentation for overseas work or study, use the Comments box at the bottom of the form to request that the letter be certified and notarized.
You may also be asked to obtain an apostille, which is an additional authentication provided by the State of North Carolina. The NC Dept of the Secretary of State will only process an apostille if the document has been certified/notarized by the granting institution, so you will want to request that first. Then follow the instructions for obtaining an apostille.
Note that, while our office is happy to certify/notarize your Proof of Awarded Degree letter, we cannot be responsible for submitting payments or other supporting documentation. You will need to make those and all other arrangements directly with the office of the NC Secretary of State.
UNC diplomas measure 11 ½” x 14.” Custom designed frames for this size may be purchased from the UNC Student Store. Certificates for University certificate programs measure 8 ½” x 11.”
Your diploma will be printed with the full legal name as listed on your ConnectCarolina account.You confirmed this information during the Apply for Graduation process and can check the name to be used through your Student Center in ConnectCarolina.
To check the name to be used on your diploma:
- Go to the ConnectCarolina Portal at http://connectcarolina.unc.edu.
- Login to the ConnectCarolina Student Center by clicking on the “Login to Student Center” button and entering your onyen and password.
- Click the Home link at the top right of the page.
- Locate the General Links area
- Select the Update Personal Information link on the left side
Your full legal name will be listed. If this is not the name that appears on your driver’s license or passport, bring your documentation to the Registrar’s Office to process a name change.
Important: Changes to your full legal name MUST be processed through the Registrar’s Office.