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Graduating Student Information

Name on Your Diploma

The student's name will appear on the diploma as it does in his/her record in OPUS unless he/she takes the following steps to change it. 

The student must complete the N.Name Change.pdf and bring it to the Emory University Registrar’s Office (Room 100, B. Jones Building).

Students requesting the following changes only need to submit the name change form to the University Registrar's Office.  No supporting documentation is required:

  • Add an accent mark
  • Change middle name from an initial to a name starting with that initial
  • Change middle name from an actual name to the first initial of that name

Students requesting any other type of name change must go to the University Registrar's Office and present the completed name change form, along with a photo ID PLUS one of the following showing the changed name:

  • Marriage License, or
  • Court Order, or
  • Driver's license showing the new name PLUS one of the following also showing the new name: social security card, credit card, or bank check.

Address Information

Update your diploma address on OPUS.

Graduation Requirements

Check with the Goizueta Registrar's Office ( if you have any questions about meeting graduation requirements. If you activated FERPA (privacy rights), your name will not appear in the graduation programs and your graduation can not be verified. If you would like to change your FERPA status, please contact the Registrar's Office.

File your Degree Application

All students must file a degree application to graduate. These should be completed and submitted in OPUS by the degree application deadline. Students who do not meet the deadline must submit an electronic copy of the degree application via email to the GBS Registrar at  Additional required components of the graduation application can be found on the right side of the GBS Registrar website​ under "Instructions for applying to graduate online."


Participants are required to wear academic costume at the Commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center. For BBAs, this includes the cap, tassel and gown.  For all masters level students, including BBA/MPA and BBA/MSBA students, this includes cap, tassel, gown and hood. These can be purchased from the Emory University Bookstore. During the graduation ceremony, the tassel is worn on the right front corner of the cap and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred.

You may purchase your regalia by visiting this website If you are shipping regalia to your home, the deadline is April 25.  However, if you are in Atlanta and wish to have your regalia shipped to the Emory bookstore for pickup instead to avoid shipping charges, the ordering deadline is March 12.​ 


All students participating in graduation in person at the GWCC will be required to register in advance and obtain a ticket for themselves, called a GradPass.  Students are permitted up to two guests maximum and will be required to register them as part of this process.  All guests will also have tickets that will need to be presented for entry.  Registration information will be posted here and shared with graduates in mid-March.

Baccalaureate Service (for BBAs)

Please check the University website for update Baccalaureate information. The Baccalaureate service (see Event Schedule) is for all students receiving bachelor's degrees (BA,BS,BSN, BBA).