Is It Possible To Prove I Have A BA Without Submitting My Erratic College Transcript?
September 17, 2012 9:01 AM Subscribe
I'm applying to sit for a professional certification exam. Part of the application requires me to submit a list of schools I have attended, along with confirmation of my attendance and diploma or degree earned. What should I submit to confirm my attendance/diploma/degree? (a bit long, bear with me)
posted by thereemix to Education (10 answers total)
I suppose the easy answer here is transcripts. However, my college transcript kind of embarrasses me. I did very well in classes related to my major, but I was mediocre (and in a couple of cases downright terrible) in the classes I took outside my major. The result is a transcript that looks awful, to me, and while my major GPA is strong, my overall GPA is pretty shoddy due to being weighed down by the classes I didn't do well in.
It's been 5 years since I graduated college and it's not like any of my jobs have ever remotely asked or even cared about my GPA/transcript, but I'm a little hesitant to provide evidence of my erratic performance in college to a governing body that will decide whether or not I'm fit to sit for this exam. I am more than qualified for the exam based purely on my professional career, and my colleagues have nothing but positive things to say about me should they be contacted as a reference, but I reviewed my college transcript last night and am worried that it's bad enough that it might cast doubt on my general aptitude. So I am reluctant to submit it as proof of my attendance/degree unless there are absolutely no other options.
But I really can't think of any other way to prove that I attended and graduated. Scan and send a copy of my diploma? Ask the registrar to provide some sort of letter that confirms I went there and graduated (I don't know if this is even something they do)? Does anyone have any suggestions for what I might do to prove I have a college degree? Or am I stuck having to submit my sad little transcript?
They also want me to include my high school in the list of schools I've attended and verify attendance/graduation - it's been nearly a decade since I've spoken to any teachers/administrators from my high school. I don't even know where to begin or who to contact for this. I went to a dinky small private high school, so I wouldn't be dealing with any school district bureaucracy, but I also have no idea who works in the administrative offices at my high school anymore. Any suggestions for how to go about this (getting my transcript or any other proof of my high school diploma) would be appreciated, too.
Hopefully this isn't too convoluted a question. I can provide follow-up if needed.
Other info in case it's relevant: since college I have also completed a certificate program related to my industry - no official "transcript" there but I do have a letter from the program attesting that I completed the courses and achieved the certificate. I also recently passed the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) exam and will be providing the documentation associated with that as well. Despite all that, I'm still nervous that if I have no other option than to submit my college transcript, it will sink me when I apply to sit for this other exam. Maybe that's overly paranoid? If that's so, I'm totally open to people shaking some sense into me regarding the transcript. But be nice, please. :)