Carnegie Mellon University

Diploma Information

A Carnegie Mellon diploma is a student's certificate of accomplishment. The diploma is printed with the name the student approved on Student Information Online, along with the student's primary degree (i.e. Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering), any additional majors, and any university honors. Minors are no longer listed on the diploma, although they will continue to be indicated on the official transcript.

The diploma is 14 x 17 inches and is marked with a seal and housed in a gold and burgundy case. Carnegie Mellon diplomas do not contain a registration or certificate number. Please note that the university does not provide 8.5 x 11 inch diplomas.

Graduating students and alumni who earned their degrees after 2016 can now reserve Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiplomas) alongside their traditional diplomas. CeDiplomas are secure electronic documents that are simple to share with friends, family, and future employers. They are official, easily verifiable proof of a student's Carnegie Mellon education and are provided free of charge. 

To approve diploma information and reserve CeDiplomas, students should sign onto Student Information Online, and under the Academic Info tab, click on Graduation and Diploma. 

Certain circumstances will result in receiving a diploma at a later date, and students will be informed in advance. Diplomas are not available prior to the stated date of graduation.

View Diploma Steps & Deadlines

View Diploma Distribution Timelines

Reserve a Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)

Diploma Authentication

The diploma authentication is a two-sided, notarized document providing a copy of the diploma and a signed authentication letter stating the student's name, degree and graduation date. The diploma authentication service costs $20 each and cannot be faxed or emailed. To have a diploma authenticated:

  1. Submit a Diploma Authentication (pdf) form to the University Registrar's Office, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
  2. Submit an 8 1/2" x 11" photocopy of the original diploma to the University Registrar's Office. Photocopy must contain the official seal and signatures. If you are having problems photocopying your diploma, please visit a professional copy service.

Carnegie Mellon will provide a signed notarized letter of authentication on the reverse side of the diploma photocopy, and forward it to the specified address.

Replacement Diplomas

The University Registrar's Office has partnered with Credentials Solutions to provide online ordering for replacement diplomas. To order a replacement diploma, please visit the Credentials Solutions website. Authorization will be required to complete the order. There is a fee of $50 per diploma ordered. Express (UPS) delivery is also available at an additional charge for each diploma ordered. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery.