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Office of the Registrar

Office of the Registrar
118 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506–0118



Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (CST)

Name Information FAQs

What types of names are displayed or used in KSIS?

There are three types of names within KSIS.  These three names are a student’s Primary Name, Preferred Name and Diploma name.

What is a Primary Name?

The Primary Name is a student’s legal name.

What is a preferred name?

The Preferred Name is a name different than the student’s legal name. If a student wishes to be identified by a different name other than their legal name, a preferred name may be used. Common preferred names are middle names or nicknames. 

What is a Diploma/Degree Name?

The Diploma/Degree Name is a name different than the student’s legal name created at the time students apply to graduate.   Common diploma names are nicknames, for example Jon Doe instead of Jonathan Doe.

Where is each name type used within KSIS?

Below, please find a list of name types names and common places where this information is used.

Name Type

 Common Display Places

Primary Name

  • Wildcat ID card
  • Transcripts
  • Verifications of Enrollment
  • Searching in KSIS
  • KSIS Administrative functions


Preferred Name

  • KSIS Student Center
  • KSIS Class Roster
  • KSIS Grade Roster
  • University Email system


Diploma/Degree Name

  • Commencement Program
  • Diploma


Can I choose my preferred name and/or degree name?

Yes, but the University reserves the right to remove the name if deemed inappropriate.   If a name is deemed inappropriate the student will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar.

To report a name thought to be inappropriate of offensive, please contact the Office of the Registrar.


How do I add/change my name?


Name Type

How to update name

Primary Name

Preferred Name


Diploma/Degree Name