Name Change Policy

Owner: Registration and Records, HSL Registrar
Pertains to: Current students and alumni
Description: Name change requests for current students must be made to the students’ respective registrar’s office. Hamline alumni can make requests to either their respective alumni or registrar’s office.
Details:

Name change requests for current students must be made to the students’ respective registrar’s office. Hamline alumni can make requests to either their respective alumni or registrar’s office.

Current and Former Students

All current and former students have the opportunity to change their names on institutional records upon the production of evidence showing the student name has been officially changed, accompanied by a written request from the student. A certified copy of a court order, a marriage certificate, or a dissolution decree reflecting the new name in full are examples of the evidence required to support an official name change. Diplomas are issued with the student's legal name on file at the time of degree completion.

Gender Changes

A certified copy of a court order is required, along with a written request from the student in order to change gender and name on institutional records.

Minor Variations in Names

Minor changes in names can be made without a court order at the discretion of the registrar (for example, spelling corrections or revisions). In these instances the student must provide documentation such as a current driver's license with photo, Social Security card, or resident alien card.