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.