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Do most people put their full middle name on your diploma?

SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
edited September 2005 in College Admissions
Is it customary to put your full middle name or just your middle initial on your high school diploma? What do most Americans do?
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Replies to: Do most people put their full middle name on your diploma?

  • Sirwatson1Sirwatson1 Registered User Posts: 534 Member
    I know that I put my full name including middle on every single item requiring a signature. Be it a school paper, letter, or note.
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    Do you put your full middle name or just a middle initial on your high school diploma and transcript? because I heard that alot of people only use their middle initials on diploma?
  • jamminjb5jamminjb5 Registered User Posts: 345 Member
    almost everyone I know is putting middle name
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    thanks, i was afraid that colleges will not accept the high school diploma because sometimes i use middle initial and sometimes middle name on documents.
  • Dru2k5Dru2k5 Registered User Posts: 273 Junior Member
    shouldn't matter for hs.

    BUT for college

    YES YES and YES. Chances are there are more than one person in the state with your name. If your last name is Nguyen and your first name is very common than chances are there are more than 5 people with your name at your college. just do it to prevent any mixups...it can happen
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    yes my last and first name is very common. especially since i'm going into a large university in a large state.
  • undecidedundecided Registered User Posts: 2,029 Senior Member
    Why wouldn't you?
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    i assumed it was common custom in America to only use your middle initial and don't use your middle name like, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, etc.

    did anyone actually put their middle initial instead of Full middle name on transcripts and diplomas?
  • undecidedundecided Registered User Posts: 2,029 Senior Member
    For official signatures, I put my middle initial. For official documents such as a diploma, I always report my full name, including my full middle name. I assume that goes for most Americans.

    It depends on how you start out, I'd imagine, because most official documents will ask you to fill out your full name, and the middle name is optional. When you do report it, however, you often report the FULL middle name. So how you choose to report it there reflects how you officially identify yourself.
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    But I think most Americans use only their middle initials on official ID's such as driver's license, social security cards, etc. Some documents just have a space that says "middle" ?
  • my-3-sonsmy-3-sons Registered User Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    At my son's HS diplomas are only issued with names exactly as listed on your birth certificate.
  • JaneGaltJaneGalt Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    my-3-sons,

    What if your name is not the same on your birth certificate and your school records? (i.e. nickname on school records)
  • my-3-sonsmy-3-sons Registered User Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    The school has a copy of the birth certificate on file and all records are filed under your legal name.
  • JaneGaltJaneGalt Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Actually, I grew up in the Navy, and my mother decided to start my permanent record with my nickname, so administrators do not even know what my real name is (I know, when I moved, the Navy gave me my file to bring to my new school, so I have seen it, another wonderful mistake of the navy), nowhere in there does it say what my real name is.
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 . Posts: 282 Junior Member
    I was wondering do most Americans put their Full middle name or just their middle initial on their official ID's like drivers license or social security card? Wouldn't it not match if you have a middle initial on your ID but your Full middle name on your diploma and transcript?
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