Getting Your Diploma

When you walk across the stage to receive your diploma, don’t be surprised to find you have been handed just a cover, with no diploma inside. Since final grades will not have been posted yet, actual diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony. Instead, if you have been approved to graduate in May (spring semester), your diploma will be mailed approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the ceremony to the address you provided on the Application for Graduation form. For those students who are walking in the May ceremony but are planning to graduate in August (summer semester) or December (fall semester), you can expect to receive your diploma approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the semester ends, provided all academic and financial requirements have been met.

Diplomas will include your name, degree, and any honors received. The Office of the Registrar will order your diploma using the name entered in the database when you were admitted to Berklee, unless you have indicated differently in Question #2 on the Application for Graduation. Since all diplomas will be mailed, please be sure the permanent address on file with the Registrar’s Office is correct.  

Some Frequently Asked Question about Diplomas

Q: What could keep me from receiving my diploma on schedule?

  • An incomplete, late, or missing Application for Graduation.
  • Missing grades or incomplete classes
  • Library Hold* (Please contact 617-747-2258)
  • Bursar Hold* (Please contact 617-747-2160/2165)
  • Perkins or other Financial Aid Hold* (Please contact 617-747-8681)   

*When the hold on your account is resolved, please notify the Office of the Registrar so you can be approved to proceed with the graduation process.

Q: Can I get a duplicate diploma?

College policy allows us to provide each graduate with only one diploma. However, should your diploma be lost in a fire, flood, or to theft, you may request a replacement by supplying the police report or insurance claim to the graduation and curriculum specialist in the Office of the Registrar.

Q: I am in an internship or study abroad program to complete my last credit requirements. Will I receive my diploma during the first or last semester that the internship overlaps?

You will be eligible to receive your diploma when final grades and credits are posted.

Q: There is a mistake on my diploma. How can I get it fixed?

Please return the original diploma to the Office of the Registrar with a letter indicating the problem and the correction needed.

Q: Will Berklee's diploma be valid in another country?

Please check the country's regulations to see what they need to validate a diploma from Berklee. The country in question may need an apostille. To learn more, go to berklee.edu/registrar/apostille.

Q: I have finished one major and am now pursuing a dual degree. Will I receive two diplomas?

No, you must return your original diploma to the Office of the Registrar and an updated dual diploma will be sent to you.

Q: My employer, graduate school, etc., is asking for proof that I have graduated, but I have not yet received my diploma. What can I send in the meantime that proves I have graduated?

Interested parties should request a degree verification at studentclearinghouse.org. 



Q: Where are academic honors designated?

Honors are included on your degree certificate.

Summa Cum Laude: GPA 3.85 - 4.00 

Magna Cum Laude: GPA 3.70 - 3.84 

Cum Laude: GPA 3.50 - 3.69



For more information on how honors are determined, see the Policy Handbook for Students or check with the Office of the Registrar. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please contact the graduation & curriculum specialist at 617-747-2470 or email aschwalm@berklee.edu.