One of my friends has a dilemma which interests me, since I might consider getting a name change sometime in the future.
Basically she had her first name legally changed after graduating from college. She called the university's office over the phone and asked if she could change the name on the diploma and records and whoever she spoke to said no.
I thought this to be strange because after doing a quick google search, I found that many universities (and even high schools) definitely allow you to change the name on your diploma/records even after graduation, although some require a fee in addition to proof. Many of them address this directly on their FAQ pages. The problem is I can't find info on it from HER university.
Here are of the universities that allow name changes after graduation just from a quick search:
Columbia University: Verify Name on Diploma | Columbia University Registrar
Harvard University: Harvard Kennedy School - Replacement Diploma
NYU: NYU > University Registrar > Graduation > Diplomas
UC Berkeley: Frequently Asked Questions - Office Of The Registrar
UCLA: (they have different routes for people who are changing names before vs after graduation) http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/forms/dupdiploma.pdf
or some lesser known state universities like:
San Jose State University http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/docs/duplicate_diploma.pdf
Sacramento State University FAQ - Office of the University Registrar, Sacramento State
Does this just vary from college to college? Quite a few people I've talked to are under the impression that you can't change the name on records/diplomas after graduation, although this obviously isn't true for many universities as shown in the above links
I've been trying to convince her to contact someone else from the university, perhaps someone higher up? Sometimes people give out wrong information...
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?