Learn More About Your Degree, Diploma, and Honors


Degrees are posted about one month after the end of the semester

  • Fall candidates - end of January
  • Spring candidates - mid June
  • Summer candidates - end of August

Note: once a degree is posted, the record is sealed, and no changes may be made to your record.  This includes grade changes, addition of a major or minor, or dropping a major or minor.

Name Used on Diploma

Make sure that your primary name is current in MySJSU.  That is the name we print on your diplmona.  To update your name, submit the Personal Info Change [pdf] form.

Printing and  Delivery

Diplomas are printed on a rolling basis.  You can expect to receive your diploma approximately 2-4 weeks after your degree has been posted.  Be sure that your diploma/mailing address is current in MySJSU. 

Diploma Not Received

If you have not received your diploma nor a hold letter within two months from the end of the semester, please email your evaluator [pdf].

Latin Honors

To qualify for Latin Honors, both your SJSU cumulative and your Overall GPAs must meet the minimum requirements.  Honors will be noted on both diploma and transcripts.

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


Commencement is the ceremony to honor graduating students.  The fall ceremony is for the preceding summer and current fall graduates. The spring ceremony is for the current spring and upcoming summer graduates.  Learn more on the Commencement Site.