Diploma and Honors

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are NOT distributed during the commencement ceremony. Diplomas for spring degree candidates will be mailed to the address entered on the candidate's application for graduation.

If your address has changed and you are a baccalaureate degree candidate, please be sure you update your diploma and email address on my.sjsu.edu (view or update this information under your personal information) or contact the Office of the Registrar (408-924-5680). If you are a master's degree candidate and your address has changed, please update your diploma mailing address in your MySJSU account and notify the Graduate Office of Admissions and Program Evaluations at graduate@sjsu.edu.

Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about graduating for more information: 

Undergraduate Students | Graduate Students


Honors medallions

Undergraduates who have achieved a high cumulative grade point average in all university and college work, and a high cumulative grade point average in all work undertaken at SJSU, may be awarded university honors at graduation at the following levels:

3.50 - 3.69 Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.84 Magna Cum Laude
3.85 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude

Undergraduates who receive such honors may pick up a special medallion beginning April 14 at the Spartan Bookstore, where a complete listing of eligible graduates will be available. The medallion is complimentary and may be worn during the ceremonies as part of the official regalia. Graduate students are not eligible for honors.


Where can commencement books be obtained?

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

Commencement books will be distributed to participants free of charge at the commencement ceremony. The program recognizes each graduate, listing each degree recipient by degree, department and date. If you do not want your name printed in the program you must notify the Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs in writing by April 3.

Unfortunately, the cost of printing the books makes it impossible to provide free copies for the guests of the graduates.

Degree recipients who do not attend the ceremony may obtain a free copy of the Commencement Book one week following commencement at the Office of the President, Tower Hall 207, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.