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CeDiploma Validation

American University offers a certified electronic diploma that serves as an official, portable and verifiable electronic version of your accomplishment that can be shared for a lifetime! 

The CeDiploma can be independently validated in the fields below by future employers, State Government Licensing Agencies and any other entity that wishes to validate your achievement.

The CeDid is found on the upper left corner of your diploma. Not case sensitive

CeDiD is found on the upper left corner of your diploma

How to Validate the CeDiploma

A CeDiploma can be validated online in one of two ways:

Sample Diploma Validation

1. Diploma Validation Form: To ensure the Degree information is still valid, we highly recommend using the validation form above.

Enter the 12-digit CEDiD found in the upper corner of the CeDiploma, along with the first two letters of the name as it appears on the Diploma.

Digital Signature sample and explanation in Adobe Reader

2. Digital Signature: All CeDiplomas from American University are digitally signed by CeCredentialTrust. When the document is viewed through Adobe Reader or Acrobat versions 9.0 or higher, it will reveal that a Digital Signature has been applied to the document.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat use a blue ribbon across the top of the document to indicate the document has not been tampered with, and is therefore authentic.

Note: MAC Users - When viewing an official electronic diploma from American University, the software uses Adobe's secure certified PDF technology and therefore may only be viewed using the free Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat 9.0 or higher. The default Mac preview application will not display the document correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the CeDiploma Need an Apostille?

An Apostille is neither required nor necessary. Documents can be validated on this page to provide absolute confidence in the credential's authenticity.

Where do I go to get access to my CeDiploma?

You can obtain your CeDiploma through the student portal which has a direct link to CeCredential Trust, a third party vendor of the University.

Can I obtain an electronic copy of my diploma if I graduated prior to Spring 2016?

Currently CeDiplomas are only available for American University Spring 2016 graduates and forward.

Can I download the CeDiploma? Can I send it via email to others?

Yes, you can download a digitally signed copy of your CeDiploma. You can then email it to anyone you desire, and it will retain the Adobe Digital Signature and CeDiD for validation purposes.

Why does the certificate used to digitally sign the document read "CeCredential Trust?"

CeCredential Trust is the branded name of the digital signature that American University's vendor uses to digitally sign all CeDiplomas.

When I pull up my CeDiploma on my iPhone/iPad it only loads halfway on the screen and then a line appears.

This issue is due to the version of your operating system on your tablet, or the PDF viewer that the browser is using to open the CeDiploma. In the case of the iPhone/iPad, updating to the most recent iOS operating system usually solves the problem.

I have a hold on my record: can I receive my CeDiploma?

Requests from current or former students with unmet obligations to the University (e.g., holds) cannot be honored. For information on how to resolve a hold on your account, please contact AU Central.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any further questions, or need additional help, please email

For all inquiries, we ask that you kindly include the CeDiD number, and the name of the Alumni as it appears on the CeDiploma.

CeDiploma® is a Registered trademark of CeCredential Trust
CeCredential Trust™ and CeDiD™ are trademarks of CeCredential Trust