Diplomas will be printed off-campus and ready to deliver about 6 weeks after graduation.  They will be taken directly to the Post Office for USPS delivery or returned to our office to process for FedEx delivery or make available for student pick-up.

USPS First Class mail is the default delivery method for domestic diploma delivery.  If you live in the United States please choose USPS First Class Mail.  See additional information for Domestic Diploma Delivery.  FedEx delivery will not speed up the delivery to a U.S. address as diplomas will have to be returned to us for FedEx processing rather than being taken to the Post Office and mailed directly to your domestic address.

To update the Diploma Mailing Address, or choose a diploma delivery method (other than USPS), open your degree application in MyUI and click on the (edit) link to the left side of the screen.  Scroll down to Diploma Delivery Information.  Following the diploma address you will see Delivery Method options. 

United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail 

USPS First Class Mail works best for domestic delivery.  Diplomas for new graduates will be sent out approximately 6 weeks after graduation.   

  • Advantages of using USPS: Cost; there are no additional fees added to your U-Bill.  However, if you provide an incorrect diploma mailing address and your diploma does not arrive, you will be assessed a $10 reissue/re-mailing fee on your U-Bill.
  • Disadvantages of using USPS:  There are no tracking numbers with USPS First Class Mail.

Student Pick-up or Hold your Diploma

Diplomas will be available for Student Pick-up approximately 6 weeks after graduation, during office hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We’ll send you an email when your diploma is available for you to pick up in person, with photo ID.  If you will not be able to pick up your diploma because you are no longer in Iowa City, you are working, etc., please choose another delivery method.  We do not release diplomas to anyone but the student who earned the degree. 

If you are unsure of where you will be residing after graduation, choose Student Pick-up, so your diploma will be sent back to our office.  You can let us know once you have relocated and updated your Residing Address on MyUI and  we will send your diploma to you.

FedEx Delivery

To request FedEx delivery you may choose Fed Ex as your Diploma Delivery Method on your degree application on MyUI.    Your diploma will be printed about 6 weeks after graduation and returned to our office to process it for Fed Ex delivery.  (In some cases, FedEx delivery will not expedite the delivery of your diploma.  FedEx deliveries are prepared individually on-campus and thus are dispatched over the course of several days.)  Once it is in their possession, Fed Ex will send you an email with a tracking number.  Most charges for Fed Ex delivery of May 2020 diplomas will appear on the May 1st U-Bill.  *By requesting Fed Ex delivery of your diploma, you agree to pay the Fed Ex fees that will be posted to your U-Bill. 

  • Advantages of using FedEx:  Fast, reliable delivery (1-2 days after FedEx ships) with a tracking number to allow you to track the status of your shipment.
  • Disadvantages of using FedEx: Cost; a $15 domestic FedEx fee will be charged to your U-Bill.  Fed Ex will not deliver locally, in the Iowa City area, or to a P.O. Box.

It is your responsibility to make sure FedEx can deliver to the address you provide. If your diploma is returned to the UI because it cannot be delivered, the FedEx delivery and return fees will be charged to your U-Bill.


To learn how to keep your UI Office 365 Email Account active, see Your Office 365 Account after Graduation (Eligibility for your UI email account will end two years after graduation).

Additional information about IT Services for Graduating Students can be found at Services Impacted by Graduation.