(Closed) Finals, Wedding, & College Graduation – Changing Name Before the Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 2
5364 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

Not sure how it works at your school but I just graduated Friday from the University of Georgia. We just had to verify our name for our diploma and whatever name you put on there was what was on your diploma. 

Post # 3
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I just graduated yesterday. The school asked how I wanted my name to appear on my degree. I could have used my FI’s last name if I wanted to. I opted not to, just because our wedding isn’t for another month and I want to actually be his wife when I first use his last name. 

Post # 4
18 posts

As previous posters mentioned, you may be able to tell your school how you would like your name to appear. Legally changing your name usually requires proof of marriage (a copy of your marriage certificate), so I’m not sure that you could do that before the actual wedding. 

Post # 5
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

To echo PPs, when I graduated, it just asked what name I wanted on my diploma, you should be able to put your married name then. If not, you may be able to explain the situation that your name will be changing prior to graduation and you will need to edit your grad application. 

Changing your name prior to getting married is going to be a huge pain, like a legal name change. It’s really easy to change after marriage, all you really need is your marriage license, but you won’t have one at that point, unless you get married earlier. Otherwise you have to go through the whole process of getting a legal name change, which is much more involved.

Delaying graduation just for a name change is silly. Don’t do that. I’m sure something can be worked out with the school. 

Post # 6
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

At the school I worked for you would be required to show ID or other documentation to have a different name than the one they have on file. But really it’s at the discretion of the people in the registrar’s office, so if you’re nice and explain the situation then they could let you get away with it. Also, bring in your receipt for the marriage license if you have it already. Also also, you can order a new diploma at any time and it should be rather cheap ($10 at my school) so this is really a non-issue. 

Post # 8
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would see if you can have your degree printed with your new name. Darling Husband graduated from medical school and there were quite a few girls that got married right before or right after graduation and all their diplomas said their new married name.

Changing your name prior to the wedding is going to be a difficult and long task – there’s a lot more required (in some jurisdictions you’ll need a judge to sign off on it) when changing your name outside of something like marriage or divorce.

Post # 9
58 posts
Worker bee

One of my classmates actually did legally change her name about a year an a half before getting married so that she could use her married name on her diplomas, professional licensure, etc without having it all switched over afterwards. Personally, I would feel weird doing that, but it’s an option. 

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