Preferred Name Initiatives

Use of a name other than the legal name

The University is happy to accommodate the use of a student, staff or faculty member’s preferred name throughout certain University systems and on certain documents as permitted by law.

Preferred Name Process

Through the Preferred Name Process, students, staff and faculty can use a preferred name in many University systems. Community members can enter a preferred name via self-service by logging to their Pitt Account and setting up their preferred name. For more information, please visit the website: How to Update User Identity and Account and Information.
Please read the notice from the Office of the University Registrar, Preferred Name – Now Available for Students.

Panther Cards

Panther Central will be ready to print a new Panther Card, listing a preferred name, within 24 hours from when a community member completes the preferred name process. There is no cost for the first “preferred name” Panther Card. All other Panther Card reprints will result in a $20 fee.

Diploma Name Request Form

By completing the Diploma Name Request Form, students may request to have a preferred name printed on their diploma (“Diploma Name”).

Name Change Project (Community Resource)

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to low income transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments.