Thursday, May 10, 2007

One last jab at the Registrar

DS received this email yesterday.

Dear Student,

As the semester draws to a close, I noticed that you have not submitted an address to have your diploma mailed. Please download the Diploma Request Form today at to ensure
prompt delivery once your diploma is available four months after graduation.

The mailing fee is $12 domestic; $40 international. Drop off or mail your request to Office of the Registrar, 128 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5404. Our hours are 9AM to 4PM, Monday through Friday. Make your check or money order payable to the UC Regents.

If you have recently submitted the Diploma Request Form and fee, please disregard this notice.

You've earned it! Now have it delivered.


Never mind that $100K over three years doesn't get you a free mailed diploma. No, the best part is" . . . to ensure prompt delivery once your diploma is available four months after graduation." Ohhhhh. Okay. It would be a shame not to get *prompt* delivery of something FOUR MONTHS LATE. It's a piece of paper with some sparkly letters on it. Four months? Really? Maybe that's why grades are always so late. They have to punch all those letters into a computer in addition to printing diplomas for graduating 3Ls. Who knew?

That is all.

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Blogger matt said...

Hey, at least at the end of the day you'll have a diploma with Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature on it.

Also, the Boalt diploma frame they sell at Ned's is the wrong size for the diploma you get from Boalt.

Merry Christmas!

5/10/2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks - could you clarify for me whether we're supposed to take that email seriously? It wasn't from the Boalt registrar; it was from the campus-wide registrar, which sometimes sends out emails that have no applicability to the law school. The Boalt registrar never told us about this in the graduation "checklist." Do we have to have any business with the campus registrar to get our diplomas? Did they mean to send this just to the undergrads and other students whom they directly cater?

5/10/2007 11:23 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

1) I didn't get the e-mail.

2) The JD looks just like a BA, but it's a bit larger (to echo Matt).

3) Some of us will have TWO diplomas signed by Arnold. It's like the gift that keeps on giving.

4) Congrats.

5/10/2007 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe me, you have to pay to have it mailed. I graduated last year, just got mine the other day. At least they sent you an e-mail this year to tell you how to actually order it. I had to find out how online.

I also just ordered my frame (because none were available in the bookstore the few times I've been since before graduation and in the intervening year). I can only hope when it arrives in four weeks it will be the wrong size, because that would be freaking awesome.

5/10/2007 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there must be a way to get our freakin' diplomas other than going to sproul to fill out a form. phone? email? teh interwebs? i mean, other than graduation i don't expect to set foot on campus for a while.

5/10/2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Caliboy said...

Sorry folks, the fine staff at Sproul seems to be in charge of the diploma racket.

5/10/2007 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can mail the form to the registrar.

5/10/2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair to our registrar, this is a berkeley campus thing. I had a short conversation about the whole issue with MKJ a few weeks ago when I saw the forms to get your diploma mailed and asked about it. As for the graduation checklist, the boalt staff take care of everything for us (except the diploma), including applying to graduate. In my undergrad school, a giant state one like Cal, I needed to do that myself.

Happy graduation everybody!

5/10/2007 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My biggest problem with our registrar's office is their general attitude. Ask them for something and their first response is always "no, we can't do that" or "no, we've never done that before." It gets especially annoying when you go in there every semester for the same thing, talk to the same couple of people, and always get the same answer (even though you just got them to do it the last semester).

They can improve their image so much simply by accepting first that it is their job to be representatives of the school and SERVE THE STUDENTS. If a student goes in there for something, they should never try to get the student to leave by saying "no, we don't do that." Worst case scenario should be that if the student genuinely went to the wrong place for something, the student should be directed to the proper place with specific instructions. If they're genuinely not sure, they should figure it out and tell the student. That way the next time a different student walks in there with the same issue, that student will also benefit from the registrar's assistance.

No work environment, private or public, exists without having a customer base of some sort. If you're not serving your customer base, you're not doing your job.

5/10/2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

One comment:

They take care of the graduation checklist? I love them.

5/11/2007 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have anything to add to the graduation/diploma issue, but to 4:49--

I was terrified of our registrar 1L year. That said, the last few times I've gone in there, they've been really helpful. Even when I've been asking for annoying, going-out-of-their-way crap, rather than just for my exam numbers or something. And they smiled the whole time.

I realize I'm not doing much in giving concrete evidence, and I admit that not all of my experiences with the registrar have been like that, but so long as we're swapping vague anecdotes, I figured I'd toss mine in.

As an aside, every time I've been to the registrar down in Sproul (every semester, to prove to my undergraduate loan provider that I'm still in school), they've been incredibly polite and helpful.

5/11/2007 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I just received my diploma frame, and it has an 11x14 display opening. The Boalt diploma is 11x17, but it does have about three inches of blank space on the margins. If there are any other grads reading this, have you just used the 11x14 frame and covered the margins, or did you actually get an 11x17 frame?

5/12/2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous stacita said...

shit. i still haven't gotten my diploma.

5/22/2007 11:17 PM  

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