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Graduate Graduation Deadlines

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

Semester of Degree Completion (Graduation) Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Classes Begin May 13 Aug. 26 Jan. 13 May 18 Aug. 24
Last day for filing an Application for Graduation June 14 Sept. 6 Jan. 24 June 19 Sept. 4
Last day for filing Doctoral dissertation proposal for current semester graduation May 3 Aug. 2 Dec. 13 May 8 Aug. 7
Last day for requesting defense of Doctoral dissertation June 14 Oct. 25 March 20 June 19 Oct. 23
Nominations due for Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence n/a Oct. 25 March 20 n/a Oct. 23
Last day for defense of Doctoral dissertation June 28 Nov. 8 April 3 July 2 Nov. 6
Last day for filing Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Scholarly Project and Doctoral Dissertation July 5 Nov. 15 April 10 July 10 Nov. 13
Nominations due for Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis n/a Nov. 15 April 10 n/a Nov. 13
Last day for filing results of Master’s and Specialist’s written comprehensive examination July 5 Nov. 15 April 10 July 10 Nov. 13
All degrees conferred Aug. 2 Dec. 13 May 8 Aug. 7 Dec. 11
Commencement Ceremony no ceremony Dec. 13 May 8 no ceremony  Dec. 11
All grades due Aug. 7 Dec. 18 May 13  Aug. 12 Dec. 16
Summer graduation applications only          
Last day for filing Summer Application for Graduation to guarantee student name in Spring Commencement Program      Feb. 14    
Transcripts available with final degree Sept. 3 Jan. 21, 2020 June 15  Sept. 8 Jan. 19, 2021
Diplomas available with degree Sept. 17 Feb. 4 June 29  Sept. 21 Feb. 2