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FAQ > Diplomas

Diplomas

HOW WILL A STUDENT GET THEIR DIPLOMA?

Diplomas will be ordered shortly after graduation provided you have met all requirements for the award of the degree and should be in the mail to the student by the end of graduation month.  

The diploma will be sent to the DP (Diploma) address on file for the student so please take a moment to input a DP address through the myTC Portal as soon as possible and make sure that the information is valid and will remain valid for at least two months after graduation.  If there is no DP address on file, the diploma cannot be sent.  You may add or update a DP address through TC Services on the myTC Portal any time.

If the student elects to pick up the diploma in our office in 324 Thorndike Hall please leave the DP address in the myTC portal empty or blank.  We expect to send an email to the student's TC email address when their diploma arrives but the student can check in with us at 212-678-4065.

Though a student will not have their diploma on the date of graduation, if they have been approved for graduation and have no holds on their record, they will be able to obtain transcripts which will display degree conferral.

Please be advised, Doctor of Education diplomas will be ordered only after all requirements are met and are usually available six weeks from the date of completion.  Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy diplomas are issued from Columbia University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.



WHAT IF A GRADUATING STUDENT HAS A HOLD ON THEIR RECORD?

Having a hold can be problematic when it comes to getting the diploma.  Holds can be placed by a number of College Offices and some of them may not appear until VERY close to graduation.  It is strongly advised that students keep an eye on their hold status through the TC Portal and resolve anything which may pop up!  If a student has completed all degree requirements, a Hold will NOT keep them from graduating but it WILL keep them from receiving their diploma and transcripts.  If the holds have been removed on or shortly before graduation, all will be well.  Otherwise, if a student is unable to clear holds until AFTER graduation, once the holds have been removed, a student can then input a DP address following the procedures highlighted above.