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 schedule an Exit Interview with the MFT Program Director. This interview must be completed by Friday, August 8. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THIS, your graduation may be delayed by one semester.

At the Interview graduates will be asked to provide hard copies of the following:  

  • The “Supervisor Summary of Hours” forms for all practicum sites
  • A record of 30 personal psychotherapy hours signed by your licensed therapist(s)
  • The “Supervisor Agreement” forms signed by your supervisor(s). If you worked with multiple supervisors,each supervisor will need to complete one and sign for the hours for which they supervised.
  • The “Supervisor Evaluation” forms for each semester of practicum
  • The “Site Evaluation” forms that you filled out for each semester of practicum
  • The “Weekly Hours” log that is signed weekly by your supervisor(s)
  • A copy of your malpractice insurance
  • The “Practicum Site Agreement” form if you gained hours at a new site
  • To order your transcript so the BBS will send your intern number, you may do so following graduation in your SIS account.

    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, August 12, 2014.  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.  

    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.