Degree applications occur for each graduation term. Students hoping to graduate in a given term should apply in that given application period. The "Apply to Graduate" button in the student portal will only be available during the application period. Please note GSAS students who would like to Apply for a Master's in Passing must first add the Master's in Passing in the student portal and then submit the degree application as it is a two-step process.
Application Period for May 2021 Degrees- March 3rd - April 1st.
Pick-up and Mailing
Until the Registrar's staff returns to campus, diplomas will be mailed after conferral. For more information please visit https://registrar.fas.harvard.edu/diploma-name-and-mailing-information
In the event that a diploma is lost, stolen, damaged, or you’ve had a name change, a request for a replacement can be made to email@example.com. Please attach a signed cover letter explaining the reason for the replacement request.
Lost or Stolen- If the diploma was lost or stolen, we require some type of proof, be it an insurance claim or notarized statement stating the facts.
Damaged- If destroyed or significantly damaged, the original diploma must be returned with the request for a replacement diploma. Once you have placed the damaged diploma in the mail kindly provide us with the tracking information and we can proceed with your request. If destroyed in a fire or any other catastrophic event, you must submit a police or insurance report.
Name Change- If you are requesting a replacement due to a name change, notarized proof of legal name change documentation that lists your old name and new name must be submitted. The original diploma must be returned with the request for replacement diploma.
The cost for a replacement diploma is $150.00, and the process may take four to six weeks from the time your order is received. The new diploma will bear a statement in the lower margin by the Secretary to the Corporation certifying that the diploma is, in substance, a copy of the original. The names of the officials in office at the time that the original diploma was printed will appear on the diploma without the signatures.
*Replacement Diplomas are not issued to Family members of Alumni.
All students who graduate in November, March and May of the academic year may participate in the Commencement celebration in May. In April, the Commencement Office sends information about the Commencement Day schedule, tickets, and academic regalia to all recipients of November and March degrees and all applicants for May degrees. Please note that if you plan to attend Commencement in May, there is no need to pick up your diploma ahead of time, even if you graduated in November or March.
You can access the Graduation Rates Reports pdf file.