SAC Graduation: Diplomas

Graduate stands next to president Randy Roberts while holding his diploma.Receiving Your Diploma

If you graduate in Fall or Spring semester, you will receive your diploma during the Commencement Ceremony in August, provided the following conditions have been met:

  • All of your final grades have been submitted by faculty and your degree has been certified.
  • Your account balance has been cleared with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Finance Office.
  • You have completed the Financial Aid Exit Interview if you’ve received federal loans.

MFT Graduates 

MFT Graduates are required to complete an Exit Interview during their last semester. This interview must be completed in order for your degree to be certified. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your interview and receive a list of paperwork to submit.

Once your degree is certified you have 90 days to apply for your Intern number without experiencing a lapse in claimable hours. You may order your official transcript through your SIS accountThe registrar’s office will mail both your official transcript and your Form B in sealed envelopes.  Do not open the envelopes.  It may take up to two months to receive your Form B.  So, you will want to complete your intern application so that you can submit your application as soon as you’ve received your official transcripts and your Form B. 

Summer Graduates

You can expect your diploma to be mailed to you around the end of September.  However, if you want to receive your actual diploma at the commencement ceremony, you will need to:

  1. Connect with your Summer Term professors at the beginning of the term to see if they are willing to submit your grades early.  Please notify Wes Ehrhart in the Sacramento office as soon as you have made arrangements with professors for early submission of your grades.
  2. Your professors must submit your final grades to Wes Ehrhart in the Sacramento office by noon on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. While Western Seminary makes every effort to certify Summer degrees in time for the commencement ceremony, the possibility remains that your degree may not be certified prior to the ceremony, even if you have submitted your work early. In this case, your degree will be mailed to you in early fall as long as all your work is submitted prior to the end of the term.

Using Your Legal Name

Like your transcript, your diploma will be an official document.  Therefore, we will be using your full, legal name.  If you legally change your name before you graduate, you must submit a Name Change Form prior to the last week of the semester in which your degree will be certified.