Dear Lafayette College Community,

In our ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive and respectful campus environment, Lafayette College has amended its preferred name policy to allow graduates the option of displaying their preferred names on their diplomas.

In the coming days, each senior will receive an email survey from the Registrar’s Office in which they can verify or specify the name to be printed on the diploma (which will also be the name listed in the commencement program). Additional details and guidance will be included in the message accompanying the survey.

Lafayette is dedicated to acknowledging and respecting the identity of all its members. We understand the significance of a diploma both as a document of academic achievement and as a symbol of a personally identifiable milestone. This policy change is a step forward in our commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive campus culture for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This change takes effect immediately and applies to all future graduates, as well as alumni who may request reissued diplomas. Please know that the work of the College’s DEI Committee is ongoing and that any future policy changes will also be announced to the campus community.

We are excited to implement this important change. 

Warm regards,

Ernest Jeffries
Vice President for Inclusion