Transcripts and Diplomas

The Office of the Registrar keeps students' official records and provides transcripts and diplomas. 

Simmons College is pleased to announce that we have transitioned to an electronic transcript and fulfillment process (available through Parchment).  This new process offers advanced security features and improved efficiency to meet our students' needs.  Current students should continue to request their transcripts through AARC (restrictions apply).

Choose a category below to learn more about these options.

Transcripts for Current Students

The Office of the Registrar maintains the permanent academic records for all students enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate courses and programs at Simmons College. Due to the nature of the files and the laws stated in FERPA, transcripts must be requested by the students themselves.

No copies of transcripts, unofficial or official, will be released if there are outstanding obligations to the College or financial holds on a student's account. No records pertaining to the student account will be released until these obligations and holds are fulfilled and lifted. All requests must be submitted in writing. No phone call requests will be accepted.


Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are free and processed within the same business day we receive the request. They can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the student or indicated recipient.

Unofficial transcripts contain all of the information on an official transcript with the following differences:

  • Printed on plain paper
  • Will not include the signature of the Registrar or the seal of the College
  • Does not state the name of the College

Unofficial transcripts can be viewed on AARC. For a paper copy, simply print from your Web browser. You may also email registrar@simmons.edu and request to have a copy mailed, faxed, or emailed to you or a recipient that you indicate.


Official Transcripts

Official transcripts contain:

  • Student's name 
  • Dates of attendance
  • Simmons and COF courses taken with all grades 
  • GPA (if applicable)
  • Transfer credits (with no grades included)
  • AP credits
  • Degrees in progress
  • Degrees earned including all majors and minors 
  • Degree conferral dates 
  • Departmental recognitions and honors 
  • The stamp, seal, and signature of the Registrar as well as the name of the College

Official transcripts are sent in individually sealed envelopes that also include the signature of the Registrar. Please note that official transcripts cannot be faxed or emailed.

Official transcripts can be ordered on AARC for free by all current students and by graduates within 60 days of degree conferral, and will take 3-5 business days to be processed and released. They can either be sent out via standard mail, or marked for pick up in our office.  

NEW - Simmons College has partnered with Parchment to provide students with the ease and convenience of ordering electronic or expedited transcripts online.  Please note that fees apply for electronic or expedited transcripts.  Click here to order today!

Note: During high traffic times around degree conferral dates in August, October, January, and May, requestors should allow up to 5-7 business days for processing once the request has been received.

Transcripts for Former Students

The Office of the Registrar maintains the permanent academic records for all students enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate courses and programs at Simmons College. Due to the nature of the files and the laws stated in FERPA, transcripts must be requested by the students themselves.

All copies of transcripts, unofficial or official, will not be released if there are outstanding obligations to the College or financial holds on a student's account. No records pertaining to the student account will be released until these obligations and holds are fulfilled and lifted. All requests must be submitted in writing. No phone call requests will be accepted.


Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are free and processed within the one business day of receiving the request. They can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the student or indicated recipient.

Unofficial transcripts contain all of the information on an official transcript with the following differences:

  • Printed on plain paper
  • Will not include the signature of the Registrar or the seal of the College
  • Does not state the name of the College

To request an unofficial transcript, please fill out the section of the Transcript Request Form specifically for unofficial transcripts. Completed request forms may be mailed or delivered to Simmons College Office of the Registrar, C-116, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, faxed to 617-521-3144, or emailed to registrar@simmons.edu.

Degrees earned will appear on the transcript the day after the degree is conferred.


Official Transcripts

Official transcripts contain:

  • Student's name 
  • Dates of attendance
  • Simmons and COF courses taken with all grades 
  • GPA (if applicable)
  • Transfer credits 
  • AP credits
  • Degrees earned including all majors and minors 
  • Degree conferral dates 
  • Departmental recognitions and honors 
  • The stamp, seal, and signature of the Registrar as well as the name of the College  

Official transcripts are sent in individually sealed envelopes that also include the signature of the Registrar. 

NEW - Simmons College has partnered with Parchment to provide former students with the ease and convenience of ordering transcripts (paper or electronic) online.  Please note that fees apply.  Click here to order today!

Degrees earned will appear on the transcript the day after the degree is conferred. 

If you have recently graduated, you will have approximately 60 days after your degree is conferred to access AARC and request official transcripts free of charge.  Please note that fees apply to electronic and expedited transcripts during this 60-day period, and must be ordered through Parchment.

Transcripts will be processed and sent out within 3-5 business days after we receive your request. 

Note: During high traffic times around degree conferral dates in August, October, January, and May, requestors should allow for 5-7 business days for processing once the request has been received.

Diplomas

Simmons Diplomas are produced as students' degrees are conferred and are free of charge to students.

When Will I Receive My Diploma?

Conferral Date 

Receive Diploma

May

Diploma available for pick-up at Simmons Commencement Ceremony
Diploma available for pick-up at Registrar's Office for 1 month after ceremony
Diploma mailed to student mid-June; received in July

August

Received by mail in October

October

Received by mail in December

January

Received by mail in March

For students who complete their program requirements and have their degrees conferred on the May conferral date, diplomas are available for pick-up at the completion of the Simmons Commencement Ceremony. Students who do not attend the ceremony or do not pick up their diploma on that date may pick them up from the Office of the Registrar, room C-116 in the Main College Building at 300 The Fenway in Boston, for approximately one month after the ceremony. Diplomas will only be released to the degree-recipient; friends, relatives, or third parties may not pick up a student's diploma for them. After one month from the May conferral date, diplomas will be mailed to students' preferred mailing addresses as listed in AARC. All students should ensure this address is up to date prior to degree conferral.

For students who complete their program requirements and have their degrees conferred on any other conferral date, diplomas are ordered and mailed directly to students' preferred mailing addresses as listed in AARC. All students should ensure this address is up to date prior to degree conferral. Students should allow 4-6 weeks from their official conferral date for diplomas to be produced and mailed to them.

If diplomas are returned to the Registrar's Office in the mail, they are held at the office until updated address information can be obtained from the student.

Diplomas will not be released if there are significant outstanding obligations to the College or financial holds on a student's account. No records pertaining to the student account will be released until these obligations and holds are fulfilled and lifted.

Replacing Diplomas

Students may order replacement diplomas after their original diploma is picked up or mailed out by filling out the Replacement Diploma Request Form. Replacement diploma requests will not be processed until payment is in hand. Once check, cash, or money-order is received along with the Replacement Diploma Request Form, requestors should allow 4-6 weeks from their official conferral date for diplomas to be produced and mailed to them. Please see the Replacement Diploma Request Form for expedited options and associated costs.

Student Names on Diplomas

Diplomas will show a student's legal name. Students may indicate their preferred name as they wish it to be printed on their diploma when submitting a Senior Audit form (for undergraduates) or a Petition to Graduate form (for graduate students in CASSLISSNHSSOM, and SSW Social WorkEducation, and Behavior Analysis), or an Electronic Petition to Graduate (received by email for Simmons Online Nursing, Social Work, or MBA/HCMBA students) where they can choose to include full middle name, middle initial, or no middle name, but students cannot indicate a first or last name that is not their legal name. Students who have changed their legal name prior to their degree conferral may fill out a Change of Name form and provide a copy of legal documentation showing their new legal name if they wish to have that name on their diploma.

After graduating from Simmons, students' names cannot be changed in their records or on their diplomas, even if a legal name change has occurred. Students should contact their Alumni Office to have their new name included on any future mailings or contact from Simmons.

Apostille Process for Diplomas

On October 15, 1981, the United States became a member of the 1961 Hague Convention which abolished the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. Documents destined for use in participating Hague countries and their territories require an Apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain an Apostille:

  1. Send your original diploma to the Office of the Registrar (we recommend that you use a service that can track your diploma, e.g.: Fedex, UPS, etc.) at 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. If you no longer have your original diploma, or do not wish to use your original, submit a Replacement Diploma Request Form with payment in cash, check, or money order to the Registrar's Office to order a new one.

  2. Indicate in writing that you need to have your diploma Apostilled. Simmons College will then have your diploma Notarized and will Fedex your notarized diploma to the street address you specify (note: diplomas cannot be sent via Fedex to a P.O. Box).

  3. Contact the Massachusetts Secretary of State to have them Apostille your notarized diploma. You can either mail your notarized diploma to the Secretary of State, or visit during their walk-in hours. The process and methods are described on their website.