Graduate School Deadlines

As each semester ends, you are hopefully getting closer to your graduation date. To help you meet your anticipated graduate date, please refer to these deadlines. Missing the deadlines posted below will result in deferral your graduation.

All documents should be submitted to the Graduate School, McCain Library, Room 211, by 5:00pm on the date of the posted deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend, you should submit the required documents on the preceeding Friday.

As you are preparing for your anticapted semester of graduation, please refer to the Thesis/Dissertation Checklist. All checklist items should be completed by the time you submit your final thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project.



 Deadlines for Spring GraduationDeadlines for Summer* GraduationDeadlines for Fall Graduations
Graduate Committee RequestYour Graduate Committee should be formed early in your career, but no later than your Proposal Approval.September 20February 14May 1
Change of Status-EmphasisIf you have changed your emphasis area, the change must be processed before applying for graduation.October 1March 1June 1
Course Substitution RequestIf you are requesting any substitutions to required coursework, the request should be processed before applying for graduation.October 1March 1June 1
Transfer Credit ApprovalIf you are transferring any credit from a previous institutions, the request should be processed before applying for graduation.October 1March 1June 1
Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project Proposal FormYour research topic must be approved by your Graduate Committee and submitted to the Gradaute School November 1April 1 July 1
Application for GraduationComplete via SOAR. (If admitted before Fall 2017 you should submit your Plan of Study.) Students completing a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project will not be eligible to apply for late graduation.November 1April 1July 1
Doctoral Commencement Program Form Doctoral candidates only.February 25June 14*September 20
Results of Oral Defense  March 20June 14October 11
Signed Title PageYou may submit your title page via email or on 100% white cotton paper if your program requires a bound copy.March 20June 14October 11
Turnitin Originality ReportSubmit your Turnitin report. Verify your committee chair has reviewed and approved your report with the Graduate School via email. If your report exceeds 25%, your chair should also provide a detailed explanation of the results to the Graduate School via email.March 27June 21October 18
Aquila SubmissionSubmit your final, COMMITTEE approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. All committee revisions should be complete. Any changes made after this date will ONLY be at the direction of the Graduate School.March 27June 21October 18
Final Aquila SubmissionSubmit your final, GRADUATE SCHOOL approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. No changes may be made after this date. Unapproved changes will result in withdrawal of document and deferral of graduation.April 29July 24November 28
Survey of Earned DoctoratesDoctoral candidates only.April 29July 24November 28
Comprehensive Exam Results

Students should coordinate their comprehensive exam with their graduate program. Official results should be submitted by your graduate program as soon as grading has been completed.

Masters students: Friday of Exam Week.

Doctoral students: Immediately following completion of coursework.

*Students graduating the Summer term will take part in the Fall Commencement ceremony.