Office of the Registrar

Additional CeCredential Information

Learn about CeCredential access, validation and troubleshooting.


You can obtain your CeCredential through this secured link which will redirect to CeCredential Trust, a third party vendor of the University.

Graduated Prior to May 2015

Currently, CeCredentials are only available for Brown University May 2015 graduates and forward.

Download and Email

Yes, you can download a digitally signed copy of your CeCredential. You can then email it to anyone you desire, and it will retain the Adobe Digital Signature, certificate, and CeDiD for validation purposes.


There are two ways to validate your electronic credential

  1. Validate via the Brown CeCredentials Validation page, or by clicking the link on the 2nd page of the CeCredential and entering the necessary information where indicated.
  2. If you are using Adobe Reader or Acrobat 9.0 or higher, you will be able to view the Digital Signature, which is shown at the top of the PDF, and is part of the overall security of the document. If the Digital Signature shows a Blue Ribbon it means the document has not been tampered with; any other symbol signifies the document cannot be trusted.

Please note: Other PDF/digital readers and some mobile devices may not be able to show the Digital Signature/Blue Ribbon.

CeCredential Trust is the branded name of the digital signature that Brown University's vendor uses to digitally sign the CeCredential.



This issue is due to the version of your operating system on your tablet, or the PDF viewer that the browser is using to open the CeCredential. In the case of the iPhone/iPad, updating to the most recent iOS operating system usually solves the problem.

PDF Will not Open Properly

The CeCredential is best viewed in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Some features may not be available when viewed in a web browser's default PDF viewer. Please change the default PDF viewer in your web browser so that it utilized Adobe Acrobat or Reader. 

Attn. Mac users: When viewing an official electronic credential, the software utilizes Adobe’s secure certified PDF technology and therefore may only be viewed using the free Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat 9.0 or higher. The default Mac Preview application will not display the document correctly.

Can't Save

Move the download to your desktop and open the PDF from there, making sure that Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on whatever device they are using.  Mac users may want to open Adobe Acrobat Reader first and navigate to the download folder and open the document from there.

I Have a Hold on my Record

Requests from current or former students with unmet obligations to the University (e.g., holds) cannot be honored. To resolve financial holds, contact the Bursar's Office.