SAC Graduation: Diplomas
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.
- You have completed the Financial Aid Exit Interview if you’ve received federal loans.
MFT graduates must complete all practicum hours, personal therapy requirements, and submit all MFT documentation paperwork no later than noon of the day before the last day of the semester in which you are graduating. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THIS STEP, your graduation will be delayed by one semester.
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, here’s what you will need to do:
- 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.
- Your professors must submit your final grades to Wes Ehrhart in the Sacramento office by noon on Monday, August 11, 2013. 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.