Degree Conferral and Diploma Information

Degree Conferral

View the Spring 2014 Tentative List of Graduates here.

Diplomas are not awarded at any of the ceremonies.

The Commencement Office will mail your diploma to you after degree requirements have been certified. The certification and conferral of your degree takes place a minimum of one week after grades are due for the semester in which your degree is being conferred.

The official degree conferral date for spring semester 2014 is May 16, 2014.

Diploma Information

If you have had a legal name change, you must visit the Enrollment Services Center (Second floor of Sparks Hall) with proof (Marriage license, Divorce Decree, etc.). Name changes for the spring 2014 semester must be submitted by February 14, 2014. Note: Your legal name on record at Georgia State University will be the name printed on your diploma.

Diplomas are mailed to students six to eight weeks after the official date of degree conferral (based on the delivery of printed diplomas and preparation for mailing).  All financial obligations to the University must be cleared before it can be mailed.

If you need to change your mailing address or personal information in PAWS, do so prior to commencement so your diploma will be mailed to the correct location.

Diplomas are mailed to your mailing address on record in PAWS.


Certified Diploma: To order a certified copy of your diploma, you must bring your original or a copy of your original diploma to the Commencement Office (75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1190) and fill out a Certified Diploma Request. The Commencement Office will have your diploma notarized and signed by the University Registrar.

International Student Invitation Letter: To order an International Student Invitation Letter, you must come to the Commencement Office (75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1190) and fill out the Invitation Letter Request Form. In order for the Commencement Office to produce an Invitation Letter, the student must have already applied for graduation. The letter will be produced and signed by the University Registrar. Each student may request up to five (5) letters.

Replacement/Duplicate Diploma To order a replacement copy of your previously awarded diploma, complete the Replacement/Duplicate Diploma Request. The fee is $20.00. Mail your form with payment to the Office of the Registrar, Commencement, P.O. Box 4017, Atlanta, GA 30302-4017 or drop off the completed order form with payment to the Commencement Office, Citizens Trust Building, 75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1190. Forms requesting a diploma must be signed by the requestor. Those coming in person must show a picture ID.

Degree Verification The National Student Clearinghouse acts on behalf of Georgia State University to provide degree verification data to such agencies as third-party verifiers, credit card companies and credit approval agencies. Please contact the National Student Clearinghouse at or by calling 703-742-4200 for degree verification.

Letter of Completion

A Letter of Completion can be issued by the Graduation Office when a student has completed all requirements toward their degree but did not apply to graduate on time. To receive a Letter of Completion, please submit your request in writing to the Graduation Office, with your name, student ID number, academic college, and the name and address of the person or entity to whom it should be mailed. Submit the request to the Graduation Office in Suite 1190, 75 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA  30303.