Students often need to have their diploma and/or transcript sent to a foreign country, and these must be authenticated by a designated federal authority. This authentication takes the form of a certification form called an “apostille” as approved by the Hague Convention.
To obtain the apostille, the student must forward to the Office of the Registrar:
- a written request for the apostille, including which documents need to be authenticated and the country that is to receive the records (each country requires different certifications)
- the original diploma and/or a request for the official transcript
- a prepaid, self-addressed envelope (large enough to hold the document)
- a check made payable to Wheaton College for the $8.50 processing fee
- a check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which charges $6.00 per signature to be certified
- A diploma requires one signature
- A full transcript is two pages and therefore requires two signatures
- Once the Office of the Registrar processes the request, the documents to be certified, Commonwealth processing fee, and student’s prepaid, self-addressed envelope are forwarded to the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
For more information on obtaining an “apostille”, you can visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.