• Dianne Lynch

A diploma is not a transcript, and other relevant details

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

I've been getting some questions from our graduating seniors about how they are going to apply for jobs in May if they don't receive their diplomas until August. Here's what I've been telling them:

No worries! Here's how this is going to work:

1. You're going to finish your courses and earn the credits to complete your degree.

2. Your college transcript will reflect that amazing achievement.

3. You will apply for jobs, and your resume will say that you have a degree from Stephens College. That will be true.

5. Your prospective employers will ask you to prove it. They will want to see your transcript, or a document from the Registrar confirming that you did, in fact, complete all those courses.

6. In August, you and your family and friends will be in Columbia for your Commencement. It's going to be beautiful and inspiring and memorable in every way you hope it will be. And you will walk across the stage in the LRW Ballroom (if you're a grad student) or at the Missouri Theatre (if you're an undergrad) and accept your diploma in front of your cheering loved ones (and me!).

7. You will take your diploma home and frame it and hang it on your wall -- because you won't need it to prove you have a degree. Your transcript proves that. Your diploma is a beautiful and honorary reminder that you are a Stephens graduate and always will be.

So all you soon-to-be Stephens grads, study hard and start searching for your dream job. The moment you pass your final exam in May, you'll be ready to take on the world!


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