Graduation & Diploma FAQs

  • Before the published Graduation Application deadline in the term you expect to complete all your program requirements. (Academic Calendar)
  • Be sure that you have declared your full program (Majors, Minors, Concentrations)
  • Review your DegreeWorks audit and meet with your academic advisor/department before applying.
  • Students may apply for graduation three terms prior to the term in which they wish to graduate. For example, a student wishing to graduate in Spring 2023 may apply as early as Spring 2022.
  • Visit the department housing the major/minor/concentration to complete an approved Change of Major/Minor.  It is essential that you DO NOT miss the Graduation Application deadline.
  • Initially the online graduation application will only display your primary major. You will be able to review your entire program you are applying for just before submitting your application.
  • One possibility is that you are a double major under one degree (e.g. B.A. with majors in CJUS and PSYC), so only one application is needed.
  • If you have two different degrees (e.g. B.A. and B.S., or B.S. and B.S.B.A.) then you will need to apply twice.
  • Check your unofficial transcript in MyCharlotte. The conferral date will be listed once the degree is awarded.
  • You will be able to pick up your Cap and Gown from the UNC Charlotte Campus Bookstore during or after the Commencement Fair. The Commencement Fair is typically held mid-semester. View the Commencement website for more information about the fair.
  • You can change your Graduation date by submitting a New Graduation Application online through your MyCharlotteaccount.
  • University policy states that students participate in the Commencement Ceremony for the term in which they complete the requirements for the degree.
  • Students completing their degrees in Summer participate in the Fall (December) Commencement Ceremony.
  • Please visit the Commencement website for the Commencement schedule
  • Bring your Student ID for check-in at the ceremony and arrive 90 minutes early.
  • Awarding of degrees will begin after grades are submitted and may take up to six weeks to complete
  •  Diplomas will be mailed six to eight weeks after Commencement, as long as there are no financial holds on your account.
  •  After the diploma has been mailed, please allow 2-3 weeks via US mail and 4-6 weeks via International mail. If you have not received your diploma after this time frame, please email Niner Central at ninercentral@uncc.edu or call 704-687-8622.
  • You can check on the status of your diploma by clicking here.
  • The student's name as it is listed on the application, the degree, the major, and academic distinctions (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) are displayed on the diploma.
  • Minors, Concentrations, Departmental and Institutional honors are not listed on the diploma. They are displayed on the official transcript.
  • By default, the name printed on your diploma will be the name you provided on your graduation application. 
  • If you would like to change the name listed on your diploma, please send a request to graduation@uncc.edu. Please be sure to include your student ID number and the correct spelling of the full name you would like printed.
  • UNC Charlotte considers the diploma to be a ceremonial document that honors the completion of a degree. Your official transcript, which will list your legal name, is the official University record verifying the conferral of a degree. However, because some countries may require your diploma for various legal, immigration, and employment purposes, UNC Charlotte recommends printing your legal name on your diploma if you plan to live, study, or work outside of the United States.
  • Online through MyCharlotte, Personal Information menu, Update Address(es) and Phone(s), and then select “Diploma” for the “Type of Address”. You should then be able to enter your new address and submit.
  • Always fill out a Change of Address Form with the U.S. Postal Service in case your diploma has been mailed prior to the “change of address” in our system.
  • Tickets are needed for both the May and December Commencement ceremonies.
  • Please check the Commencement website for the availability of extra tickets.
  • Please click here to access our online duplicate diploma order form.
  • If your diploma requires notarization or if your name has changed do not proceed with the online ordering system. Please contact Graduation Services at graduation@uncc.edu
  • Your Secure ID safely and securely identifies you in our diploma vendor system.
  • Your Secure ID can be found in your Diploma Status Email.
  • If you cannot find your Secure ID, contact Graduation Services at graduation@uncc.edu.