Penn State is implementing an optional alternative grading scale for the Spring 2020 semester, so it is important to understand when you should place your transcript order. Please read this page carefully before ordering an official transcript. If you have questions, contact the Registrar's office before you place an order.
In the "Order Details" section of the transcript ordering process, you will be asked to choose a Processing Time for your transcript. Former students and graduates from before Spring 2020 should always choose "Now."
Hold for Grades and Hold for Degree orders for Spring 2020 must be placed before the end of the last day of the Spring 2020 semester. The deadline to place an End-of-Semester transcript order for Spring 2020 is 11:59pm on May 8, 2020.
The Hold for Grades option will hold your transcript until final grade reporting has completed. If you choose the alternative grading scale for any of your Spring 2020 courses, your transcript will include the alternative grade. This option also ensures that your transcript will include the award notation for Dean's List -- if you qualify. Your transcript will not send automatically after all your grades are submitted. It will be sent on the date below.
Hold for Degree will hold your transcript until final graduation processing for Spring 2020 has completed. If you choose this option, your transcript will send on the date below. As long as you meet the requirements to graduate, your transcript will show that your degree has been awarded. If you choose the alternative grading scale for any of your Spring 2020 courses, your transcript will include the alternative grade.
If you are a current student (enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester) or a Spring 2020 graduate and choose "Now", your transcript will process as-is. This means that it is possible to order your transcript too early, and your transcript could be sent with important information missing. Your Spring 2020 grades, alternative grades, Dean's List notation, and degree conferral message take time to add to the transcript after the end of the semester.
If you are a current student or recent graduate, you can review your unofficial transcript on LionPATH before you place your order. If you choose an alternative grade for any of your courses, you should check your unofficial transcript to see that the grade has been applied. If your degree has been awarded, you will see a section with the heading "Degrees Awarded" near the top of your transcript. If you see what you need on your unofficial transcript, you can choose "Now" when you request your transcript. Do not hold for Grades or Degree.
Orders placed before the 11:59 p.m. deadline on May 8 will send on the following dates for Undergraduate and Graduate students:
Your transcript will not show that your degree has been awarded until June 16.
Orders placed before the 11:59 p.m. deadline on May 8 will send on the following date for Law Students:
When will my transcript say I graduated?
If you graduated in Spring 2020, your degree will show as "Awarded" on your transcript on June 16. Either order your transcript (Processing Time: Now) after this date or Hold for Degree before the May 8 deadline.
I missed the deadline to Hold for Degree, but I need my transcript to say that I graduated. What can I do?
Just wait until June 16. Missing the deadline only means that you have missed the window to place an order ahead of time. Place an order and select "Now" as your processing time after June 16.
It's a good idea to check your unofficial transcript before you order to make sure it has everything you're expecting. Log into LionPATH to view your unofficial transcript.
I picked Hold for Grades when I ordered my transcript, and I can see all my grades on LionPATH. Why hasn't my transcript been sent yet?
It is possible that your grades will all be available before the "Hold for Grades" processing date of June 9. Choosing "Hold for Grades" allows enough time for all grade reporting and ensures that Dean's List (if you qualify) will not be missing from your transcript. If you don't want to wait until June 16, and you see your grades on LionPATH, you can choose "Now" when you order your official transcript, but Dean's List will not appear for the Spring 2020 semester. You should also check your unofficial transcript to ensure that any alternative grades you chose have been applied.