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Diploma FAQs

What university name will appear on my diploma?

For students graduating in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018, you can specify whether you would like your diploma to be issued under “Thomas Jefferson University” or "Philadelphia University”. Starting in Fall 2018, all university diplomas will be issued under “Thomas Jefferson University"

I’m graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year. How do I submit my choice for the university name on my diploma?

Students submitting the graduation application will see this question as part of the electronic application. If the questions was not available when you submitted your application, please fill out the electronic form “2017-2018 Diploma University Name” on the Registrar’s Forms page to record your request. The university will confirm your choice before diplomas are ordered.

Can I change my choice after I submit it?

Your diploma university name can be updated until the end of your last enrolled semester. After final grades are received and your degree is awarded, we may not be able to update the institution name on your diploma. You will be prompted to confirm the university name for your diploma before your degree is awarded. Any changes should be submitted to graduations@philau.edu.

Will Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University diplomas look different?

There are some differences in format between the Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University diplomas. Please refer to the following specifications below. As the university must retain standard formatting for diplomas issued under each institution name, it is not possible to change or “mix and match” format styles.

Thomas Jefferson University:

Diploma Language: English

Diploma Size: Undergraduate: 8 in. by 10 in.

Diploma Size: Graduate: 11 in. by 14 in. 

Philadelphia University:

Diploma Language: Latin

Diploma Size: 16 in. by 20 in. 

When will my diplomas be available?

All diplomas for East Falls students are available 8-10 weeks after the date of graduation for each semester. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided by the student on the graduation application, unless otherwise specified by the student. Students may also pick up their diploma in the East Falls Campus Registrar’s Office. To arrange a diploma pickup, please email graduations@philau.edu before the end of your last semester, or choose the pickup diploma option on your graduation application.