Office of the University Registrar

Diploma Name Policy

The diploma name is determined by the student by submitting an Application for Graduation to the Office of the University Registrar.  HPU reserves the right to review and deny any request deemed inappropriate.  A candidate for degree may choose to change their diploma name prior to Commencement by submitting a Change of Information Form along with supporting legal documentation (driver’s license, marriage certificate, passport, etc.) by fax, email, or in-person. If proper legal documentation has not been provided before the diploma is to be produced, the diploma name will revert to the name submitted by the student via the Application for Graduation.

Candidates for degree should confirm their diploma name via Marching Order on the High Point University graduation webpage. (you will be sent a link to Marching Order in early February) Some abbreviation and expansion is acceptable (e.g., updating diploma name to “John Mark Student” from “John M. Student). When updating diploma name:

  • Do not update diploma name using all capital letters
  • Add a period (.) after the middle initial

The Office of the University Registrar will correct any diploma name that has been entered in all capital letters, is missing the period after their middle initial, or has been improperly changed. Students can appeal these corrections by contacting the Office of the University Registrar at 336-841-9029.

The graduate will be responsible for the cost of a new diploma if a diploma name change request is received after the diploma has been printed.

International Students

It is strongly recommended for international students to match the name printed on their diploma to the exact name as it appears on their passport; for visa, insurance, and other official verification purposes. Various international governments and verification agencies will not accept a student’s diploma as an official document if the name does not match the name on the University record and passport.


Our office is located on the first floor of Roberts Hall.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

Phone: 336-841-9029
Fax: (336) 888-6365