St. John’s University orders diplomas for all graduating
students. Although diplomas are not distributed at the annual
commencement ceremonies, every effort is made to have them
available as soon as possible after the ceremonies. Commencement
exercises typically take place in mid-May for the Queens, Staten
Island, and Manhattan campuses.
The School of Law, although housed on the Queens Campus, usually
holds its exercises in early June. The Rome, Italy, campus has its
ceremony in mid-July.
Since the University confers degrees at other times of the year
as well, students should consult their dean’s office for dates when
diplomas will be available and for information about
Unclaimed diplomas will be kept for five years from the date of
award. They will then be destroyed. Graduates who request an
unclaimed diploma after it has been destroyed will have to pay the
replacement fee in effect at the time of their request. It should
be noted that a replacement diploma may not be identical in all
respects to the original.
Unless we are otherwise informed, the name that appears on the
diploma will be the name of record in our student data system.
Students may request that a variation of this name appear on their
diplomas. If the variation is clearly based on the name of record,
the request will be granted. The name of record will then be
changed to conform to the name on the diploma. This action prevents
confusion and protects both the student and the University from
possible misrepresentation or misunderstanding.
If the change requested is not a clear variation of the name of
record, we will ask for proof of a name change. If there is reason
to believe that the requested name change will result in confusion
or might lend itself to misrepresentation, the request will be
Certain HOLDs on a student account prevent the
issuance of a diploma. Students who have a
HOLD can view their online account for details or
contact (718) 990-2000 to review.
Students whose accounts are in arrears will not be issued a
diploma. For payment information please see the Student
Financial Services site.
For information about replacement diplomas, click here.
Archives maintains a collection of sample diplomas for
reference and authentication purposes.