By bamrd - 01/07/2016 01:20 - United States - Boulder
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Does it matter? You've got your degree, who cares? Unless they want to charge you for it..
Actually, if your university has it on their records that you haven't graduated that can be a HUGE problem. Employers don't look at diplomas, they ask for transcipts (sent by the school) which usually will just be a printout generated by the schools database. So it would reflect whatever problems the school records have. Also, if someone calls to confirm "did x student graduate from y program on z date?" they might be told "no."
Actual Diplomas are just ceremonial pieces of paper, and can sometimes be generated by a different department based on different lists than what is in the actual school database. OP, make sure to look into this. You'd be surprised how many times I've seen people go back to their school years later and realize that they never actually graduated. Sometimes do to a clerical mistake, sometimes due to a single missed credit. Either way, it's important!
At my university, the University of Utah. Those things are handled by different departments so it makes sense that they act differently. It took the department of admissions about a month to process my application. It took the graduation office about 3 days to process my graduation paperwork. Both basically just look at a list of my accomplishments and say "yep, you are qualified for x" I went to salt lake community college before the UofU and they still consider you a student for 3 years after you last class, even if you graduate. Maybe OP's school has something similar?