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Applying for Graduation

Applying for GraduationEligible students who fail to apply for graduation by the deadline, or who apply late, run the risk of not having their names included in the commencement program. Eligible students who file their degree applications after the specified graduation filing date as specified in the Academic Calendar may have their degree awarded at the next conferral date. Any student submitting a degree application after the last day of regular classes (excluding Final Exam week) will not be considered for graduation that term, but for the next conferral date. There are no exceptions to this policy.

If students fail to meet all academic requirements for graduation, they are responsible for reactivating the Application for Degree at the Office of the Registrar for the next anticipated date of graduation.

Students must notify the Office of the Registrar of any changes in name, address or degree information prior to your graduation.

– Download the Application for Degree in PDF format.

Please note: the Application for Degree can be filled out online, but must be printed out, signed, and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The form can be hand-delivered to the Office of the Registrar in Kumble Hall; faxed to 516-299-2330; or mailed to: Office of the Registrar, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548.

The application cannot be e-mailed. Undergraduate students completing the online application are required to submit the application to their advisor or success counselor for approval. At all times applications for graduation must be signed in black/blue ink by the student.

Deadlines for applying for graduation (2013-2014 Academic Year)

Last Semester Attended Application Deadline Conferral Date
Fall 2013 October 18, 2013 January 17, 2014
Spring 2014 February 7, 2014 May 16, 2014
Summer 2014 July 11, 2014 September 19, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

1. When will my diploma be available for pick up in the Office of the Registrar?

  • January 2014 diplomas will be available no later than February 21, 2014.
  • May 2014 diplomas will be available no later than June 20, 2014.

2. I indicated that I wanted your office to mail my diploma to me. When will diplomas be mailed?

  • January 2014 diplomas will be mailed starting in mid-February 2014.
  • May 2014 diplomas will be mailed at the end of June, 2014.

3. If there is an error on my diploma, how can I secure a replacement?

In order to secure a replacement diploma, the original diploma must be returned to the office in person or via mail to the Office of the Registrar. The Office will contact you when the diploma is received. It generally takes 1 - 2 weeks to print a new diploma.

4. Can I change the name that will appear on my diploma?

Yes, but a name can only be changed before your degree has been conferred. At the bottom of the "Application for Degree," you should fill in the reason for your name change. This must be submitted with supporting documentation (such as a court order or a marriage certificate). Both the application for degree and the copy of the official documentation must be notarized. Once your degree has been conferred, the name that appears on your diploma cannot be changed; the diploma must bear the name under which your degree was issued.

5. What are the procedures for ordering a replacement diploma?

Replacement Diplomas: If you need to order a replacement diploma, download a copy of the "Diploma Replacement" form and return it to the Office of the Registrar along with a check for $35. You may pay by check or money order (payable to Long Island University), or credit card (MasterCard, VISA or Discover). Please attach the fee and return it along with the application form by U.S. mail to the Office of the Registrar. Indicate whether you wish your new diploma to be mailed or picked up at the Office of the Registrar in Kumble Hall. If you elect to have your diploma mailed, we will send it by Certified U.S. Mail, so please be sure to supply an address at which someone will be available to sign for the delivery of your package during the day. Please note that diploma processing usually takes approximately 2 weeks from the time your form is received.

Note: Your new diploma will: 1) Bear the date of the original, but will be signed by the current administrators of the University and your School/College dean; 2) Must bear the name under which your degree was issued; 3) be issued in the form in current use and may not exactly match your original diploma.

6. In case of a move, how do I obtain my diploma?

In case of a change of address (within the USA and internationally), you must notify the Diploma Facilitator at the Office of the Registrar of your new address in person, via U.S. mail or through e-mail to In your letter, indicate you wish to have your diploma mailed to the new address. When diplomas are in the process of being mailed, your diploma will be mailed to the address ONLY in the system unless there is other written authorization to send the diploma to another address.

7. How do I change my request for my diploma from being picked up or mailed?

Students must notify the Office of the Registrar in person or via phone two weeks before diplomas are available for pick up.