Diplomas and Commencement

UAF issues diplomas three times a year:

  • Mid-June - for Spring graduates
  • Mid-September -  for Summer graduates
  • Mid-January - for Fall graduates

Mailed diplomas:

Diplomas are mailed to a student's most current mailing address listed in UAOnline.

Watch a video tutorial on updating your address and phone numer in UAOnline.

Name appearing on the diploma:

The name which appears on a student's diploma is the name which he/she indicated on his/her Application for Graduation. However, if he/she has legally changed his/her name, and has not submitted a  UA Change Form informing the university of this change, the name which appears on his/her diploma will be the name we currently have on record.

Recognition & commencement:

Students will receive a diploma cover when they walk across the stage at commencement. However, because commencement is held before final grades for the Spring semester are due, no diplomas are distributed at that time.

The names of students receiving degrees/certificates will appear in the Commencement Program, and are released to the media (with exception to students who have placed a directory hold on their account). Students may submit a written request to Graduation Services asking that their graduation information not be printed or released to the media.


Mini-diplomas

Mini-diplomas are not issued by Graduation Services. Should you have any questions concerning mini-diplomas, please contact the UAF Alumni Association.


Replacement or duplicate diplomas

Diploma lost or stolen; simply need a copy?

Note: there is a $25 dollar fee associated with each diploma ordered.
Each new diploma ordered will be printed using UAF's most current diploma format; with all of the current signatures from the Chair of the Board of Regents, University Chancellor and University President.

Recently changed your name?

Note: there is a $25 dollar fee associated with each diploma ordered.
Each new diploma ordered will be printed using UAF's most current diploma format; with all of the current signatures from the Chair of the Board of Regents, University Chancellor, and University President.


Notarized and apostilled diplomas

Notarized diplomas:    
Should you need to have a diploma notarized simply fill out the Replacement Diploma Form, and make a note (anywhere on the form) informing Graduation Services that you would like to have your diploma notarized.

Apostilled diplomas:
"Other countries often require that official signatures and notarizations on your documents be corroborated by the Secretary of State before they will accept them" - AK State Lieutenant Governor's Office

Attaining this extra authentication is done in the form of an apostille.
Should you need to have a diploma apostilled simply fill out the Replacement Diploma Form, and make a note (anywhere on the form) informing Graduation Services that you would like to have your diploma apostilled.

Apostilled diplomas are notarized within the Office of Admissions and the Registrar, and then are forwarded on to the Alaska State Lieutenant Governor's Office for further authentication.

The student is individually responsible for paying all fees that are associated with ordering an apostilled diploma -  both to UAF ($25 replacement diploma fee) and to the Alaska State Lieutenant Governor's Office ($5 authentication fee per certificate/diploma).

For more information concerning apostilles, please visit the Alaska State Lieutenant Governor's Office's Authentications and Apostilles website.

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