CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It’s a sign of the times, no doubt. Starting with fall 2016 commencement, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will offer digital diplomas – along with a traditional paper diploma – to its graduates. The Island University has partnered with digital credentialing service Parchment to make this technological leap and is only one of five schools in the nation, and the only one in Texas, to offer digital diplomas for fall 2016 conferrals.
“The idea is to give students an advantage in a competitive job market,” said Michael Rendon, University Registrar and Director of Veteran Affairs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “This new digital diploma isn’t just a photo of your diploma posted online. This is a true, verified, academic credential from the Island University.”
The digital diplomas can be shared via email or popular social media networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
“I can’t wait to show off my diploma on social media when I graduate in 2019,” said Jacque Gonzalez, sophomore business marketing major. “I would guess this is just the beginning of what’s to come for diplomas. I’m excited for any improvement that makes diplomas and other official documents more modern and accessible.”
Graduates will access the certified diploma via a secure portal, which will be tracked by the A&M-Corpus Christi Office of the Registrar. The service incurs no additional fees for the graduate.
“We believe these digital diplomas will not only act as currency for the graduates’ future opportunities, but as a university, they promote and strengthen our brand,” said Rendon.
Currently, the service is only available to those who will receive diplomas in fall 2016 and later, but the Office of the Registrar hopes to extend the service to alumni and those who received diplomas from the Island University prior to fall 2016.
“Our office is proud to continue as a leader locally and nationwide with cutting edge services that meet the needs of our students in a growing digital world,” said Rendon. “This is just one example of how we are helping our students turn their credentials into opportunities.”