Final Transcript & Diploma FAQs

When will I receive my diploma?

Your diploma will arrive about three to four months after your degree is granted. It will be mailed to your designated mailing address, so be sure to keep that up to date through MyUW (Links to an external site.). (Meanwhile, once your degree is officially granted, it will appear on your UW transcript, which you can view through MyUW (Links to an external site.), and, if you have your records release option (Links to an external site.) set to "YES," it will also be visible through the UW's Degree Validation website (Links to an external site.).)


What will my diploma say?

Your diploma will list only your name and the type of degree you have earned ("Bachelor of Science", "Master of Science", "Doctor of Audiology" or "Doctor of Philosophy"). It will not list your major(s) or minor(s). These things will appear on your transcript (Links to an external site.), however, as well as on the UW's Degree Validation website. (Links to an external site.)


When will my degree appear on my transcript?

Your degree will appear on your transcript (official or unofficial) as soon as it has been granted. Degrees will be backdated for the last day of finals week for the quarter in which you graduate, but it will take the Graduation Office (Links to an external site.) a few weeks to process all of the applications after final grades have been posted. Sit tight! If you haven't seen your degree posted to your transcript (Links to an external site.) after at least four weeks have passed (starting from the last day of final exams week), check in with the Registrar's Office.


While I'm waiting for my diploma, how can I prove to someone that I have my degree?

Your degree will appear on your transcript (Links to an external site.), and through the UW's Degree Validation website (Links to an external site.). It will appear on this website only if you have selected "Yes" as your Records Release Option (Links to an external site.)through MyUW (Links to an external site.)


It's been more than four months. Why didn't I receive my diploma?

If you owe the UW money (library fines, IMA fees, short-term loan repayments, etc.), the UW will not release your diploma or any official transcripts -- though your degree will still be granted and will still show up on your unofficial transcript through MyUW (Links to an external site.). If you're not sure whether you owe the UW money, check your student account on MyUW (Links to an external site.).


When should I order official transcripts (for jobs, graduate school, etc.)?

Wait until you see that your degree has been granted (check your unofficial transcript on MyUW (Links to an external site.)) before you order an official transcript. Your degree will appear in the upper left section of the transcript. Then, follow the instructions for ordering official transcripts (Links to an external site.).