The Office of Graduate Education

Deadlines

 

PhD Deadlines - Spring 2020

January 22, 2020 Graduation Application Deadline for Spring 2020.
March 19, 2020 Last day to request a final oral exam. **
April 2, 2020 Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
April 9, 2020 Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
April 16, 2020 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation by Graduate Education Office.

 

Master's Deadlines - Spring 2020

January 22, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline for Spring 2020.
April 23, 2020 Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
April 30, 2020 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

In Absentia Deadlines (for Summer graduation)

In Absentia for those Spring 2020 candidates who did not make the Spring deadlines.
May 5, 2020 - PhD Only Last day to request a final oral exam. **
May 19, 2020 - PhD Only Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
May 26, 2020 - PhD Only Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
In Absentia - June 2, 2020, 12pm NOON - PhD Only Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation by Graduate Education Office.
June 2, 2020 - MS Only Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
In Absentia - June 9, 2020, 12pm NOON - MS Only Last day to receive approval of final version of thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

PhD Deadlines - Summer 2020

June 11, 2020 Graduation Application Deadline for Summer 2020.
June 18, 2020 Last day to request a final oral exam. **
July 2, 2020 Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
July 9, 2020 Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
July 16, 2020 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation by Graduate Education Office.

 

Master's Deadlines - Summer 2020

June 11, 2020 Graduation Application Deadline for Summer 2020.
July 23, 2020 Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
July 30, 2020 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

For University deadline dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

*May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed for business. It also may not start after 4:00pm.

**All requests for Final Oral Exam must be submitted two weeks prior to the scheduled defense date.

 

In Absentia Frequently Asked Questions

What does graduating In Absentia mean?

Ordinarily, students must be registered for the semester in which they graduate. Graduating In Absentia allows a doctoral or master’s candidate to apply to graduate without formally enrolling in courses.

Who is eligible to graduate In Absentia?

Doctoral/master’s candidates who do not make the semester deadlines for finalizing their dissertation/thesis have the option to graduate In Absentia the following semester if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have already defended and have completed all degree requirements, and only need to receive final approval of their dissertation or thesis.
  • If you do not or will not meet the In Absentia deadlines, you must enroll in credit hours to maintain continuous enrollment and be eligible to graduate.
  • There are no extentions for In Absentia deadlines.

When will I receive my diploma?

  • If you finish by the August In Absentia deadlines, you will graduate and receive your diploma in the Fall semester (December). Make sure to apply for Fall graduation.
  • If you finish by the January In Absentia deadlines, you will graduate and receive your diploma in the Spring semester (May). Make sure to apply for Spring graduation.
  • If you finish by the June In Absentia deadlines, you will graduate and receive your diploma in the Summer semester (August). Make sure to apply for Summer graduation.

What is the procedure to graduate In Absentia?

  • Finish all requirements to graduate by the In Absentia Deadlines posted on the Office of Graduate Education website.
  • Contact your Program Office if you need to be made “eligible to graduate.”
  • Submit an Application for Graduation online through Galaxy for the following semester, as the graduation application from the prior semester does not roll over.
  • Pay the $100 In Absentia fee which will be applied to your account after Census Day. For questions regarding this fee, please contact the Registrar.

For more information on In Absentia Graduation for international students please visit International Student Services Office.

For a more detailed explanation please visit Graduate Catalog.