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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 chosen/preferred name?
The chosen/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 chosen/preferred name may be used. Common chosen/preferred names are middle names or nicknames. Please refer to the Chosen Name Policy (PPM 3077) for additional information

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 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


  • Commencement Program
  • Diploma

Can I choose my chosen/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 or 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