The graduate’s name that appears on a Bradley University diploma must be a legal name. Variations from an official name requested at the time of submitting a Degree Application are the following:
Middle name may be complete, initialed, or omitted, but must match the student record (e.g., John Quincy Adams, John Q. Adams, or John Adams).
A legal middle name may be used in place of a first name if that middle name has been recorded in the student record.
Suffixes such as Sr., Jr., III, etc., may be used if included in the student record and documented on the student’s original application, transcript from another school, or birth certificate.
Maternal surnames may be included if documentation is provided to the Office of the Registrar. Proper documentation is a copy of a birth certificate indicating the maternal surname or the student’s original admission application indicating the surname.
Hyphenated maiden-married last names may be used, provided the student record has documentation to verify the names. A Notification of Change of Personal Data form accompanied by a copy of the Certificate of Marriage will be required if a name change has not been processed since the marriage. In all cases, verification will be based on information that is in the student record and not provided verbally.
A maiden name may be used in place of a married name if the maiden name has been recorded in the student record.
Special accent marks may be requested. Recognized linguistic marks will be included in the diploma name.
No prefix or suffix related to a title or credential is permitted (e.g., Dr., D.M.D., Esq., etc.).