Advanced degree recipients (except Sloan) – paper diplomas will be available for pickup on Thursday, May 30 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Friday, May 31 from 10 AM to 3 PM in 32-124.

What you need to know

All MIT graduates receive a traditional paper diploma and can opt-in to receive a digital diploma. You may also request a replacement diploma if the original is lost or damaged, or in the case of a gender change.

By default, your MIT diploma displays your legal name at the time of your graduation; it is also the name read at the Commencement ceremonies. We strongly recommend using your legal name to ensure that your credential can be verified in MIT’s systems and by third parties such as government entities and international employers.

Changes to the way your first and middle names appear on your diploma can be made within the degree application. It is your responsibility to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date.

What you need to do

  • Visit
  • Review your diploma name.
  • You may change your first name to either your preferred or legal name. Your middle name can be included in-full or omitted, or you can choose to use an initial.
  • You also can add special characters or accents, if needed. 
  • Click “Update” to save.
  • If you decide to change your first name back to your legal name after graduating, you will need to request and pay for a replacement diploma.