I have received the phd progrom admission offer with TA fellowship, which will start in 2019 Fall semester. For undergrad degree, I tried to graduate in this summer and I finished all the requirements. But for some classes, the final grades were entered too late before the degree award date for summer graduation, so I could not get my official degree certificate before this winter. My undergrad school awards degree only three times in an academic year - May, August, December. The school graduation coordinator can write the letter that I have completed all but the degree will be actually awarded in December.
What I worry is, just after I accepted the admission offer, the grad school only has asked to submit the official transcript whether the coursework is still ongoing or not. They said, if the degree is awarded after I gave them the official transcript, I have to submit the official transcript with all final grades and proof of degree before the second semester registration. The second semester, 2020 Spring, will start mid-January, and I can get my degree in mid-December and send the degree certificate no later than early January. And right now I do not need any additional coursework in 2019 Fall in my undergrad school.
I asked the grad school office and they seemed to forward it to the department which I will join their phd program. The department said they will write a petition for me but this matter is behest of the graduate school if they accept the petition or not. Based on what the department said, it is the grad school who has the authority over this matter, but I did not get a reply from the grad school. Instead, it seemed that the grad school just forwarded my email to the department.
I cannot get any clear answer for this, so I wonder if there is anyone who experiences a similar thing to my situation....