Diploma

About the Diploma

The college diploma is a ceremonial representation of the degree awarded, whereas the official transcript is the legal documentation of it. The diploma as a ceremonial document will not indicate the major or minor programs of study since the transcript, as the legal document, contains this information.

Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts receive diplomas written in Latin, continuing a tradition dating back to the earliest commencement ceremonies at Rollins College. This practice was suspended in 1954 but re-established by the Board of Trustees during the presidency of Dr. Thaddeus Seymour in honor of the College’s Centennial in 1985. Latin was once the language of scholars and the Latin diploma befits the liberal arts tradition of the artium baccalaureus and artium baccalaureus honoris degrees awarded by Rollins College.

Many prestigious institutions in the U.S. (and elsewhere in the world) continue to honor their historic traditions by issuing diplomas in Latin. The list includes Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton Universities; the University of Pennsylvania; Barnard and Radcliffe Colleges; and McGill University (Canada), among others. Faculty at Harvard reconfirmed their commitment to a Latin diploma as recently as 1999, and students at Seton Hall passed a Student Government Association Resolution during the late 1990s asking that their institution reinstate the Latin version of their diplomas, which had been changed to English the year before.

The diplomas from the Hamilton Holt School and the Crummer Graduate School of Business are issued in English and reflect the more recent additions of these programs in Rollins’ history.

Diploma Delivery

Diplomas are issued three times a year. Spring graduates receive the diploma at Commencement.  Summer graduates receive the diploma 4-6 weeks AFTER the term graduation date when the degree certification process is complete. Fall graduates also receive the diploma 4-6 weeks AFTER the term graduation date when the degree certification process is complete OR at Commencement if requested. 

College of Liberal Arts:

  • Spring Graduates - at Commencement, held every second Sunday of May (Mother's Day)
  • Summer Graduates - by mid-October
  • Fall Graduates - by mid-February or at Commencement

Summer and Fall graduates, or graduates not attending Commencement, will have the diploma mailed to the Permanent Address on record via the U.S. Postal Service Certified Mail with Return Receipt.  A tracking number will be issued and a signature upon delivery is required. International addressees will have the diploma sent via FedEx.

If your address has or will change after graduation, please update your Permanent Address through the Change of Address form online at the Forms page.

Diplomas will NOT be issued for persons with a Bursar Hold or in default on any student loan.

 

Diploma Translation

A translation of the diploma is provided at each Commencement Ceremony in the Commencement Guide.  The most recently graduated class's diploma translation:

FROM THE PRESIDENT AND TRUSTEES OF ROLLINS COLLEGE TO ALL READING THIS DOCUMENT GREETINGS IN THE LORD

BE IT KNOWN THAT WE ARE PLEASED TO BESTOW ON

"NAME"

STANDING AMONGST THE CANDIDATES OF THE FIRST CLASS THE TITLE AND RANK OF BACHELOR OF ARTS ACCORDING TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PROFESSORS AND ON ACCOUNT OF HIS/HER MERITS

AND WE GIVE TO HIM/HER ALL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, DUTIES, AND SYMBOLS PERTAINING TO THIS RANK IN WITNESS TO WHICH FACT WE SIGN OUR NAMES BELOW HAVING EMBOSSED THIS DOCUMENT WITH THE SEAL OF THE COLLEGE

GIVEN AT WINTER PARK IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ON THE 13TH DAY OF MAY IN THE 2018TH YEAR OF OUR ERA AND THE 133RD YEAR OF THE COLLEGE

Harold A. Ward III                                                                         Grant H. Cornwell

SECRETARY                                                                                      PRESIDENT

Replacement Diploma

To Order A Replacement Diploma for any Rollins College Degree: 

Please submit the request form. The form can only be submitted by the graduate and must be notarized.  The cost of the replacement diploma is $45 payable  by check or money order to Rollins College.  Please allow 6-10 weeks for the diplomas to be mailed to the address specified on the form.

Rollins College uses diploma printing services through Jostens Inc.  The size of the diploma is 8 1/2 by 11 inches.

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