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History of the SFA diploma

Prior to the class of 1925, commencement ceremonies at SFA were not actually awarding SFA degrees. This first class consisted of eleven candidates for a summer graduation. M.D. Warren earned a Bachelor of Science as a history major and graduated ahead of his class. Warren became the first SFA student to graduate on May 31, 1925 and receive an SFA diploma.

Over the years, SFA has maintained the tradition of including the official university seal and printing the following information for each graduate's degree:

  • graduate's name
  • conferral date
  • degree title (inclusion of the primary major began May 2021)
    • with honors, if earned
  • board of regents chair's signature
  • president of the university's signature

Degree title printed on diploma

SFA awards the following degree titles:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Forestry
  • Master of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

The inclusion of the student's primary major printed on the diploma began with the May 2021 graduates.

Additional majors: one degree and one diploma

With the exception of the five-year Master of Professional Accountancy integrated undergraduate/graduate program, SFA students earn one degree and one diploma at a time.

Pursuing an additional major in tandem with your primary major will not result in two degrees. If you desire a degree for each major, you must complete the first degree and then reenroll at SFA to complete the additional degree. Read university policy 6.18 (PDF) for conditions regarding the additional degree.

Receiving your diploma

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee degree completion and actual diplomas are not awarded at the commencement ceremony. The Office of the Registrar must verify successful completion of all degree requirements once official grades are posted. If you've met all degree requirements and have a balance on your account, you will still receive your degree however a "transcript hold" will be placed on your account.

The registrar's office commits to making every effort to provide students an opportunity to pick up their diploma in person. All graduates will receive an email from the registrar's office when diplomas are ready for pick-up. 

Prefer to have your diploma mailed?

Six to eight weeks after the conferral date, diplomas are mailed through the United States Postal Service. The transfer of diploma from the university representative to the post office fulfills SFA's obligation to provide the diploma to the graduate. Each mailed diploma tube receives a tracking number, available to the graduate by request seven days after the diploma is mailed. To request your tracking number, email graduation@sfasu.edu with your name and Campus ID number.

In the event of shipping damage: If your diploma arrives damaged, use the return address indicated on the shipping label and return the diploma to the registrar's office for a free replacement. Include a note stating why the diploma is being returned and a valid address if the mailing address has changed.

Get it framed!

Current diploma size is 14" x 11"

Notarizing your diploma

A notarized diploma is most often required for overseas employment and may also require an apostille. To request a notarized diploma, follow the process of requesting an additional copy of your diploma

Requesting an additional copy of your diploma

SFA accepts additional diploma requests after the conferral of the degree to the transcript. While original diplomas are not notarized documents, diplomas issued through the replacement request have the option of being notarized at no additional charge. 

The process to receive the diploma requires the photo ID and printed signature of the degree recipient. Digital signatures are not accepted. Diplomas cannot be ordered as a surprise gift for another individual.

Visit the Office of the Registrar's online marketplace store to submit your request and payment.

Order FAQs

  • What is the diploma size?
    • Current diploma size is 14" x 11"
  • Whose signatures will appear on the diploma?
    • Signatures are those of the current administration.
  • My name has changed; can the diploma print my current name?
    • ​​​​​​​If a your name has changed and you'd like the new name on the diploma, you'll need to complete the legal name change form. If you do not provide this form and its supporting documentation, the name we have on file will be printed on your diploma.

The inclusion of the student's primary major printed on the diploma began with the May 2021 graduates.

Contact

Office of the Registrar
936.468.2501
registrar@sfasu.edu

Physical Address:
Rusk Building, Room 202

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13050 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


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