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Steps to Completion


These steps are to assist you with the completion of your Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project. Please see The Graduate School deadlines for the last day these steps must be completed.

Be familiar with the Graduate School deadlines, templates, and instructions available on the Graduate School web page. These resources are available to help you complete your dissertation, thesis, or doctoral project in a timely manner.

The Committee Form will be submitted on your behalf via SOAR. You will receive an email notification once it has been received. If any changes are made to your committee, be sure to verify the submission of a new form with your committee chair.

You must propose at least one (1) semester prior to thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project defense. Proposal form will be completed by the committee and submitted to the Degree Auditor. Please confirm the submission of the proposal form with your committee.

Your Application for Graduation should be completed via SOAR. Submit the completed application along with graduation fee receipt to your Degree Auditor. See deadlines for the last day to apply for graduation. Late applications will not be accepted.

The commencement form provides the Documents Specialist with information for the commencement program. You should complete the form during your graduating semester.

The defense form should be completed by your committee and submitted to your Degree Auditor. Please confirm the submission of the defense form with your committee.

Submit one (1) signed title page that contains original signatures to the Documents Specialist.

The document should be submitted through Turnitin prior to the Aquila submission.

Turnitin will generate an originality report that will need to be submitted to the committee chair. The chair must approve the originality report by emailing the Documents Specialist. The report cannot exceed 25%. Justification will need to be provided by the committee chair for higher percentages.

You will need to submit your document to Aquila in order for the Documents Specialist to review it. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. The document is required to be formatted in one of the Graduate School templates. All content and grammar should be polished prior to Aquila submission. Only formatting concerns and Graduate School revisions will be allowed once submitted. Please confirm with the Documents Specialist that the submission has been completed.

The document must be accepted in Aquila with no further Graduate School revisions and all requirements detailed in the Final Checklist will need to be completed. Please confirm with the Documents Specialist that requirements have been met.

Doctoral Candidates are required to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates during their graduating semester. You should forward your certificate of SED completion to the Documents Specialist.


If you have questions about formatting your thesis, dissertation, or nursing capstone project or you want to schedule a template tutorial, contact Michaela Donohue, Communications & Documents Specialists, at 601.266.4372 or via email.

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