Digital Signatures | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Digital Signatures

We developed our PDF forms with Adobe Digital ID signature fields to ensure that signatures are obtained in a secure and certified manner. The link below provides instructions on how to create an Adobe Digital ID in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. If available, students/faculty/staff should use this method.

Adobe Digital ID (Form Fillable PDF) 


We understand some PDF's are not Form Fillable. In such cases, users can add text, checkmarks and a handwritten/digitally-drawn signature to the PDF using one of the methods below. Typed signatures will not be accepted, only those drawn to match the user's authentic signature using the methods below. These methods can also be used for PDF files that are not fillable by design.


Preview on MacOS (Flat/Non-Fillable PDF)

Note: Users should only use Adobe Reader/Acrobat for Form Fillable PDF's, Not Preview, as Signatures/Fields can disappear when users reopen in Reader/Acrobat. If Preview is the only option, the user will need to convert the PDF into a Flat/Non Fillable PDF and all future form users will need to use the Adobe Fill & Sign method above. If a user has used Preview or other programs and fields are missing, try to convert the form to a flat PDF and the section may become visible. 




Forms that have been developed using GryphForms/WebNow/ExperienceApps that are not PDF, will require users to sign by either logging in using their Single Sign-On, or external users are provided a unique link to digitally sign.

If you have any questions, please contact the OGPS Graduate Records Officer for your College