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Changing Your Name, Pronouns, and/or Gender Marker at NKU

Changing Your Name at NKU

You can have your preferred first name show in the following NKU systems:

  • In your myNKU portal
  • On class rosters
  • On your AllCard
  • Email

The University allows a first/middle/self-selected name to be used by eligible students to indicate their preferred name to the university community regardless of legal name status. The university defines the preferred name as the sole name that will be used for professional purposes at the university and limits this definition to first/middle/self-selected names. Legal last names cannot be changed with this form.

You can declare your gender ID and pronouns in NKU systems:

  1. Log in to MyNKU using your NKU credentials.
  2. Click the Student Tab.
  3. Click the Change Name, SSN, & Gender Identity tile.
  4. You will now see your current personal details.
  5. Click the Gender button.
  6. In the new window, complete the desired fields:
    1. Preferred First Name: leave it blank if you do not want to use a preferred name.
    2. Gender Identity: Choose from the list provided.
    3. Gender Pronoun: Choose from the list provided.    

For other systems, such as Navigate and Canvas, there is the option to manually update your pronouns through your personal profile.

Please Note: There will be a separate process form providing your name for your diploma at the time of degree completion in which the student will choose how their name will appear on the diploma. There will be a graduation application process for the diploma name. For more questions about diploma name change please contact the Registrar's Office at 859-572-5556 or

By submitting this request, you certify that you fully understand the purpose of this Preferred Name Change Request and understand the expectation outlined in this disclaimer. You understand that a new name is deemed as the sole name that will be used for professional purposes at Northern Kentucky University. Furthermore, you confirm that you are not requesting a new name to avoid any legal obligation or to misrepresent yourself otherwise.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, contact LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives at or call (859) 572-5835, Mon - Fri, between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm.