Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

This page provides crucial information for University of Maryland, Baltimore students regarding degrees and diplomas. It includes timelines for posting degrees on transcripts, receiving diplomas and certificates, and accessing digital diplomas. Important details on diploma names, preferred names, and the process for obtaining an apostille are also covered.

Degree Posting and Diploma/Certificate Mailing Schedule:

Degree Posting on Transcripts: Degrees will posted on transcripts approximately 2 weeks after the end of the semester or when your School/Program certifies you to graduate.

Diploma/Certificate Mailing:

Spring (May) Graduates 

  • Diplomas:  Student who are awarded a degree can expect to receive their diploma mailed to the address provided on the graduation application. 
  • Certificates: Students who are awarded a certificate can expect to receive their certificate mailed to the address provided on the graduation application by mid-July.

Summer (July) Graduates

Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application by mid-September.

Fall (December) 

Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application by early February.

Students with an outstanding financial obligation will not receive their diplomas/certificates.  For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at

Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)

Effective Summer 2020, in addition to the printed diploma, UMB graduates are eligible to receive a digital copy of their diploma. 

How to Access Your Digital Diploma or Certificate

You will receive an email with a link to download your credential when it is available from our trusted partner, CeCredential Trust®.

To request a new download link, please use the CeCredential Trust site to resend the link.

Be sure to register for your free account directly on the CeCredential Trust® website in order to have lifetime access to your CeDiploma.

Learn more here: CeCredential Overview page.

If you have any questions, please email with your name and student ID. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.

For security, the CeDiploma is designed to retain its digital character at all times. You may print the validation results if required. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Office of the Registrar at

Diploma Name

The name on your diploma will be your official name as it appears on University records.  You can view your official name by logging into SURFS.  Note: Professional designations (e.g. JD, MD, etc.) will not be included after your name.

If you would like to request a name that is different from what appears on the University records, you can submit a Request to Change Personal Information, by logging into SURFS.  If you have questions about using another name, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Preferred Diploma Name

It is recommended that the diploma name match your official legal name, however a preferred name may be considered. 

Student preferred name request will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar before approving for the diploma. The process can take up to 72 hours to complete. Upon approval, the preferred name will be displayed on the UMB diploma/certificate and other related programs.   All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Neither titles nor degrees previously earned will be included as part of a graduate's name on a diploma/certificate. Please also note that names that may be offensive or nicknames, i.e. Snail, Boogerface, etc, will not be approved.

Preferred First Name vs. Preferred Diploma Name

Setting a preferred first name does not change the name that will be listed on a diploma or used at Graduation ceremonies. A student must specify a diploma name to change the name listed on their diploma and other Graduation related materials. Use the link below to request a preferred first name and a preferred middle name. 

Request a Preferred Diploma Name

Diploma apostille can only be provided when using your legal full name.

Important Notes:

  • Third-party degree verification requires your legal name.
  • For those planning to live or work abroad, using your legal name on your diploma is recommended to avoid complications.
  • Professional licensing may require the use of your legal name.
  • If you decide to change your diploma name back to your primary name after graduation, please note that you will be required to request and pay for a replacement diploma.