Academic Ceremonies


Diplomas, Honor Cords, Honor SocietiesMilitary Student Services


Diplomas are prepared in the Office of the Registrar, Kettler 107, under the supervision of Laura Oberholtzer, 260-481-6122. Email Laura at from your goPFW account to diploma-related inquiries.

How do I get my diploma?
  • December and summer graduates will be notified via their goPFW email account when diplomas are available for pick up at the Enrollment Services Center Desk in the main lobby of Kettler Hall.
  • May graduates who participate in Commencement will receive their diploma immediately following Commencement at the Graduation Celebration in Expo II & III of the Coliseum.
  • Diplomas for May graduates who do not attend Commencement will be available at the Enrollment Services Center Desk in the main lobby of Kettler Hall, beginning the Monday after Commencement.
  • A photo ID will be required.
Can my diploma be mailed?
  • If you live outside Allen County, you may request to have your diploma mailed to you by completing the Mail Diploma Request form.
  • Diplomas are sent via UPS and require a signature upon delivery. Diplomas cannot be mailed to P.O. boxes.
Can someone else pick up my diploma?
  • To have your diploma released to another person, complete the Diploma Release Form and return the signed document to the Registrar's office. After the signed request is received, the authorized person may go to the Enrollment Services Center Desk to pick up the diploma.
How will my name appear on my diploma?
  • Your name (first, middle/maiden, and last) as provided upon admission to the university will appear on your diploma and in the Commencement program copy. You will receive an email at your goPFW email account from the Office of the Registrar showing your name as it will appear.
  • To verify how your name will appear, email from your goPFW account, including your student I.D. number and degree information.
  • To make a permanent name change to your academic record, a name change form must be completed. Legal documentation, such as an original social security card, marriage certificate, or official court document, must be provided to support the name change.
  • All name changes for May graduates must be completed by March 16.

Call the Office of the Registrar, 260–481–6122, for questions concerning diplomas, or email

Honor Cords

Honor degree candidates who attend Commencement receive and wear honor cords and receive special recognition during the ceremony. Students eligible to wear a cord will be notified by email.

Associate and bachelor degree candidates qualify for graduation with honors, distinction or highest distinction, by meeting the qualifications set forth by the Purdue University Fort Wayne Faculty Senate. 

Distinction:  Must meet or exceed a cumulative GPA of 3.80 and meet minimum resident credits.
Highest Distinction:  Must meet or exceed a cumulative GPA of 3.95 and meet minimum resident credits.

Bachelor degree candidates must have completed a minimum of 65 resident credits.
Associate degree candidates must have completed a minimum of 35 resident credits. 

Graduation with honors is noted on official transcripts and diplomas. For additional information, please contact the Office of Academic Ceremonies at 260–481–6460.

Military Student Services Recognition

Any graduating PFW student that is currently or has formally honorably served in the Military is eligible to wear a red, white and blue cord at the Commencement ceremony. Details and contact information can be found on the Military Student Services website.

Honor Insignia from Greek Honor Societies

A wide array of honors organizations recognize outstanding achievement in service, philanthropy and scholarship. PFW is proud of all its students who fulfill the requirements for membership in these important societies, but on Commencement Day the university singles out those honor societies that emphasize academic achievement.

To become a member of one the honor societies listed below, students must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 overall. Graduates who are members of these nationally recognized honor societies may also wear their societies’ honors cords or medallions during Commencement. Students may purchase the appropriate cords directly from the various society headquarters or the local chapter. Websites are provided. Cords become the property of the student.

Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society. Teal cord, student may purchase.

Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society. Red and green honor cords, provided to students at Induction ceremony.

Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society Recognizing Business Excellence. Blue and gold cords, student may purchase.

Chi Alpha Sigma, National College Athlete Honor Society. Medal provided by local chapter.

Delta Alpha Pi, International academic honor society for students with disabilities.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

Lambda Alpha, National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology. White stole, student may purchase.

Lambda Pi Eta, National Honor Society for Undergraduates in Communication. Gold cords for all members. Students who complete the service component are also eligible to wear red and white cords. Student may purchase.

National Society of Leadership and Success.  Black and platinum cords, student may purchase.

Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society for Economics. Gold and blue cords, student may purchase.

Phi Eta Sigma, national honor society for first-year students.

Phi Kappa Phi, national honor society for all academic disciplines. Braided navy blue and gold cords, student may purchase. Additional information can be found at the PFW Phi Kappa Phi site.

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society. Violet, gold and lavender cords, student may purchase.

Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology. Platinum and dark blue intertwined double cords with mixed tassels. Student may purchase cords through local chapter.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon, National Honor Society for Earth Sciences.

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. Red and black cords provided by English department at induction.

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Lavender and white cords.

Tau Upsilon Alpha, National Organization for Human Services. Royal blue honor cords, contact Linda Wark. 

Upsilon Pi Epsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.  Maroon and white cords.

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