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Graduate Graduation Deadlines

Schedule of Deadlines for Master's, Specialist and Doctoral Students

Semester of Degree Completion (Graduation) Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Classes Begin Jan. 13 May 18 Aug. 24 Jan. 11 May 17
Last day for filing an Application for Graduation Jan. 24 June 19 Sept. 4 Jan. 22 June 18
Last day for filing Doctoral dissertation proposal for current semester graduation Dec. 13 May 8 Aug. 7 Dec. 11 May 7
Last day for requesting defense of Doctoral dissertation March 20 June 19 Oct. 23 March 19 June 18
Nominations due for Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence March 20 n/a Oct. 23 March 19 n/a
Last day for defense of Doctoral dissertation April 3 July 2 Nov. 6 April 2 July 2
Last day for filing Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Scholarly Project and Doctoral Dissertation April 10 July 10 Nov. 13 April 9 July 9
Nominations due for Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis April 10 n/a Nov. 13 April 9 n/a
Last day for filing results of Master’s and Specialist’s written comprehensive examination April 10 July 10 Nov. 13 April 9 July 9
All degrees conferred May 8 Aug. 7 Dec. 11 May 7 Aug. 6
Commencement Ceremony May 8 no ceremony  Dec. 11 May 7 no ceremony
All grades due May 13  Aug. 12 Dec. 16 May 12 Aug. 11
Summer graduation applications only          
Last day for filing Summer Application for Graduation to guarantee student name in Spring Commencement Program  Feb. 14     Feb. 12  
Transcripts available with final degree June 15  Sept. 8 Jan. 19, 2021 June 14 Sept. 7
Diplomas available with degree June 29  Sept. 21 Feb. 2 June 28 Sept. 20