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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 Preferred Name?

The Preferred Name uses a first name that is different than the student’s legal first name. If a student wishes to be identified by a first name other than the legal first name, a preferred name may be used. Commonly used preferred names include middle names, nicknames, shortened derivatives of a name, or names that better represent an individual’s gender identity.

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

  • Wildcat ID Card
  • 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 will not accept a Preferred Name or Degree Name that is used for misrepresentation, or creates confusion with the identity of another person, or violates any University policy, including the Student Code of Conduct.  Persons who designate a Preferred Name or Degree Name that is different from their legal name agree that the designated name is actually used to identify themselves.

 To report a name that does not appear to comply with these guidelines, 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