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Advising Handbook

Diplomas and Diploma Ceremonies

Each department and program offering a major in Arts and Sciences has its own diploma ceremony to which all majors are invited and at which diplomas are presented. The Hajim School also has one diploma ceremony for all its majors. Certificates are distributed at the department ceremony.

Dual Degrees and Double Majors

Students who complete a double major will find their diploma at the department that is listed first on their records. (Students can ask the registrar to deliver the diploma to the other department.) If the times of the ceremonies do not conflict, students can attend both ceremonies. Students who complete two degrees (e.g., a BS and a BA, or a BS and a BS) receive two diplomas.


Diplomas for bachelor of science degrees say “Bachelor of Science in (e.g., Chemistry).” Bachelor of arts diplomas say “Bachelor of Arts” with the major(s) listed. Neither minors nor any departmental honors are included on the diploma. The diploma will show any Latin honors.

Diplomas awarded at the end of the fall semester will contain Latin Honors notations as appropriate.


The official transcript shows not only the major(s) and the date of graduation, but also any minor(s), clusters completed for the degree, departmental honors or distinction, Latin honors, election to Phi Beta Kappa or Tau Beta Pi, acceptance to Take Five or e5, certificate completion, and certain prizes.