(Closed) Name on Diploma?

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What will your last name legally be at the time you graduate? I would use that. Mine has my maiden name on it since I’m not changing my name until the wedding. It’s still valid as a diploma even if your name changes.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you should use your legal, husband’s name

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

So you’re getting married before graduating, yes? And you’re planning on teaching with your FI’s last name? I’ve got two thoughts:

a) I don’t think you should hypenate if you’re not going to legally hypenate your name.  Have you considered taking your maiden name as your middle name? Then you could include it on your diploma– however I still don’t think your diploma should have a name that isn’t your legal name. 

b) If you’re worried about safe-guarding your diploma, why don’t you just have your maiden name on it. People (and employers) will certainly understand when you say “oh, that’s my maiden name, I’m now married and Mrs. ____.”)

My undergraduate and MA diplomas will have my maiden name on them, but my PhD will have my married name.  I plan on going professionally by my married name and want a diploma with that name on it. That said, I’ll still hang the maiden name diplomas up on the wall!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

whatever you will be going by afterwards, i would put that on the diploma.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve thought about this because I am getting married 2 weeks after I graduate from law school.  I will be practicing as my new last name so I feel like getting that name on there would be nice, but I also kind of like the idea that my diploma has my maiden (oh wow that feels wierd.  I’ve never called my last name my maiden name) on it.  Like it’s something I accomplished on my own. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am facing this too, and for me it is silly and sentimental because all the support from my family that is getting me this degree, so I am putting it as First Middle Maiden His Last even though my legal name is First Middle His Last. I know other people who have done it, even if they legally didn’t make their maiden their middle name, listed it on the forms for dipolmas to have both on their. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh – that’s a great question. I’m totally having the same issue. I’m finishing my masters and will be graduating a week or two before the wedding. I’ll take my FI’s name after we’re married, so I don’t know what name to use on my degree.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I got married before finishing undergrad so I went to the university registrar to let them know what my new last name would be. I had all my paperwork filled out beforehand and when I received my certified marriage license I showed it to them and got it changed before graduation. It was perfect because I didn’t have to spend the money having a new diploma ordered once my name changed! (I had a couple friends who got married after graduation and had to order new diplomas to reflect the change.) Definitely use your new name if possible.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here’s another question . . . if I have my new name on my diploma, I wonder if that’s the name the school will say at graduation?  It will be very strange if I’m not married, very few people know my soon to be name, and they call me that at graduation. 

I realize that they aren’t reading off the diploma, just wasn’t sure how that works!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Natalieh86: I’m not sure you’ll be able to have your new name on your diploma if you haven’t legally gotten married before graduation. At least, that’s how it works at my undergrad and grad institutions.

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