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Thesis  Deadlines

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In order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must:

  • Successfully defend your thesis or present your publishable paper by May 5
  • Submit thesis corrections to Trisha Southergill by June 30
  • Submit the completed Check-Out List to the graduate office by June 30

Deadlines are non-negotiable!  Graduate students and graduate advisory committees should be in close communication during the thesis and publishable paper preparation and defense period.  Good planning early in the term will alleviate last minute difficulties by allowing the committee members to review the thesis or publishable paper draft and to plan the defense, paper presentation or examination to suit the student and committee’s schedule. It is important to arrange for the defense or presentation in a timely manner to avoid the risk of committee members being unavailable due to finals and other obligations.


THESIS DEADLINES Fall Spring Summer**
Draft thesis due to committee chair 3rd Friday in October Friday before spring break 2nd Wednesday of first session
Draft thesis due to committee members 4th Friday in October Monday after spring break 3rd Monday of 1st session
Final thesis due to committee members Friday before Thanksgiving Friday on/before April 15 2nd Monday of 2nd session
Schedule defense: at least 2 weeks prior to defense* 2 weeks before last day of class 2 weeks before last day of class 2 weeks before last day of class
Absolute last day to defend* Last day of class Last day of class Last day of class
Final thesis draft, approved by committee submitted to thesis coordinator January 15 June 15 August 31
Final check-out list to Grad School* January 30 June 30 September 15

Students are encouraged to submit their theses and hold their defenses as early as possible. The dates above are final deadlines.

The thesis defense is a public seminar. It must be scheduled and announced no later than two weeks prior to the defense date. A waiver must be requested from the graduate dean if you anticipate needing to schedule having less than

*Exceptions require a petition to the graduate dean. Missing the defense deadline or the final checkout deadline will require the student to register for at least one thesis credit in the following term. No exceptions will be granted to the final check out date. Other deadlines are subject to the willingness of the committee chair and members. Faculty members have many responsibilities and obligations, especially during the period approaching the end of any term. When students miss the thesis draft deadlines, faculty may be unable to review the thesis in time for the asterisked deadlines to be met. Faculty members have no obligation to accommodate students who fail to meet these deadlines.

**Subject to the willingness and availability of committee chair and members, many of whom are not on campus during the summer.