See all the details about your PNW diploma–including how to order a replacement.

What Is a Diploma?

A diploma is a document that lists:

  • The college awarding the degree
  • The type of degree being awarded
  • The campus awarding the degree
  • The date the degree was conferred

Diploma Information

Names are printed on diplomas from the information you supply when you submit the online Application to Graduate, which is required of all students when they are registering for their final classes in their degree program. Make sure you specify exactly how you want your name to appear and include any special characters such as accent marks or tildes over a letter.

If you plan to have your diploma framed, please note that framing processes that require heat can damage the diploma and should not be used.

Diploma sizes are as follows:

  • Undergraduate: 9 5/8 inches by 7 5/8 inches
  • Graduate and Professional: 11 inches by 8 1/2 inches

Double majors (students completing majors within the same degree type) are reminded that they receive only one degree – and thus only one diploma.  Dual degrees (students completing majors in different degree types – i.e., Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) will receive a separate diploma for each degree earned.

Very few majors are included as part of the official degree name. Your degree name only is printed on the diploma. Majors, areas of concentration, and minors will appear on your transcript.

Diploma Pick-Up Dates

When available, diplomas may be picked up at the Registrar’s Office of your home campus – Hammond in Lawshe Hall, Room 130, or Westville in Schwarz Hall, Room 120.  Please make sure you have cleared up any holds on your account that may prevent you from picking up your diploma.

Fall 2023 Diploma Pick-Up Dates – Tuesday, January 16, to Friday, February 2, 2024

Diplomas for Fall 2023 graduates not picked up by the deadline have been shipped via USPS (the week of February 11th) to the home address we have on file (unless you have given us an alternate mailing address).

Please verify that your address is correct by viewing your personal information in the myPNW portal under the Student Self-Service area on the Registration tab. If you need to update your address, please fill out the Address Change form online.

Special Diploma Requests

Replacement and duplicate diplomas are available for a fee and may require additional documentation.

Based on the recommendation of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, duplicate/reissued diplomas are printed using the current Chairman of Trustees and University President’s signatures.

Replacement diplomas are available for a fee under specific circumstances such as a name change due to marriage or divorce or in the event the original diploma was damaged. Copies of name change documentation are required.

Complete the Request for Replacement Diploma form (PDF) and return it to the Office of the Registrar along with a check or money order made payable to Purdue University Northwest and include any supporting documentation. The original diploma must also be returned, if available.

Duplicate diplomas are available for a fee.  Duplicate diplomas will be marked “Duplicate” in the lower right-hand corner.

Complete the Request for a Duplicate Diploma form (PDF), and return it to the Office of the Registrar along with a check or money order made payable to Purdue University Northwest.

PNW graduates in regalia walk to the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building.

Certified Electronic Credentials

Purdue University Northwest Certified Electronic Diplomas and Certificates (CeDiploma/CeCertficate) are available to Spring 2022 graduates and beyond!

Learn About Electronic Credentials

Questions About Diplomas?

Contact the Office of the Registrar.

Phone: (219) 989-2334
Email: graduation@pnw.edu

To ensure proper assistance, please provide your email address when submitting an email or leaving a voicemail message.