Name Change DEADLINES are the same deadline as the Graduation Application. All name changes must be completed prior to or by the Graduation Application Deadline. Any name changes submitted after this deadline may not be approved or placed in the graduation program or on your diploma.
Your official name with the University is the name that will be reflected on your diploma and in the program. Any name change completed after our deadline, will NOT be updated on your diploma. All students MUST comply by the deadline to make program/diploma name changes. Any diplomas with name changes after the deadline, will be considered a reorder and the student must cover the cost. These names must match. If you want to change your name on your diploma or in the program, you must do so by completing the Name Change Form located on the Registrar's webpage. See detailed instruction below to ensure your name is exactly the way you want it to be.
The only acceptable change that does not require a Name Change Form is if your full middle name is in the University system and you only want your middle initial. In this case, the only thing you have to do is let us know.
Changing your name is an easy process. However, you need to ensure you communicate with the Commencement Office, after completing the name change form with the Registrar's Office.
1. Look at your name in myMemphis and ensure all of your name is there. You can review your name on your Graduation Application and see how your name is listed there. If it is missing your middle name (most popular), then your middle name is NOT included in the University's system and this is considered a name change. Follow as noted below.
2. If your name is not the name you would like to use for Graduation and Diploma purposes, email the completed Name Change Form for Graduation along with supporting documentation as indentified on the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot accept Social Security Cards via email. We cannot accept the signature on the driver's license as a substitution for the signature on the request form. The form must be hand signed.
3. Continue to work with Commencement and to ensure your name will be updated in the Commencement program and on your diploma by the Step 4 deadline.
We recommend changing your name as early as possible to ensure the program and diploma get changed by final proofing deadlines. Honoring the deadline is very important to the process. Any name change completed after the deadline/diplomas are ordered will be considered a REORDER and the cost will be covered by the student/graduate.
Deadlines are STRICTLY ENFORCED. Failure to complete this form or any other Commencement forms or procedures by the deadline will result in the inability to change your name, completion of your applications and overall graduation process.