May 2020 Diplomas and Degrees

May 2020 graduates will receive diplomas in the mail approximately eight to ten weeks after degree conferral. However, due to the unpredictability of conditions related to the pandemic, this may change. If that is the case, graduates will be notified via email to their CWRU email addresses.

Paper diplomas will be mailed to the diploma address you provided when you completed your graduation application in SIS. Please follow these instructions to verify or update your diploma address by June 15. Any changes that need to be made to the diploma address after June 15 should be sent to

Within two to three weeks after degrees are conferred, graduating students will have access to an official certified electronic copy of their diploma, the CeDiploma. For more information about the CeDiploma, see this website. Certified electronic diplomas and certified electronic certificates can be shared with, and validated by, employers and third-parties. Normally, students pay $7.95 to the university’s diploma vendor in order to create this credential. Due to the unusual circumstances caused by the pandemic, the University Registrar’s Office will be covering this fee so that May 2020 graduates will not be charged.

Now. Login with your CWRU NetID and passphrase to reserve your CeDiploma or CeCertificate. Please visit the website of the University Registrar for more information.

Your electronic diploma will be available approximately 2-3 weeks after degree conferral. A notification will be sent to your preferred email address (as entered on the reservation form), and you will be able to download your diploma. Please visit the website of the University Registrar for more information and to reserve your CeDiploma.

Yes. You can request a degree verification letter that can be sent to you or a recipient of your choice. A degree verification letter includes degree(s) awarded, major(s), and date of degree(s) conferred. To request a degree verification, please visit the Office of the University Registrar’s webpage for more information. You can also order a transcript, which will show that your degree has been awarded. Degree verification letters and transcripts will be available within one week after degrees are conferred, but due to the unpredictability of demand, please allow an additional week for processing.

There is a fee for official transcripts, but there is no fee for degree verifications, and for May 2020 graduates, there is also no fee for CeDiplomas. Once a CeDiploma is downloaded, it can be used as many times as you wish. A degree verification letter is a single-use paper document that is less widely accepted as secure and authentic.

Employers and other third-parties can verify degrees directly through the National Student Clearinghouse at within one to two weeks after degrees are conferred.

Degrees will be posted to official transcripts within 24 hours of degree conferral. Beginning April 20th, upcoming graduates can begin to request transcripts with a “Hold for Degree” option. The “Hold for Degree” option will allow the University Registrar’s Office to hold your transcript request until your degree is posted.

Due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, Apostille services are currently suspended. Once the university resumes in-person operations, Apostille services will again be available. Please note that some governments accept the CeDiploma in lieu of a document validated via the Apostille process.