Graduation dates, deadlines and requirements
Graduation can be a very exciting and hectic time. Be sure to review the items below to ensure you meet your deadlines to graduate on time.
All candidates for graduation should visit your department advisor to confirm their expectations for your final semester. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for graduation.
Graduation application deadlines for all doctoral, masters and graduate certificate students
Every student must purchase a graduation application by the designated deadline:
- May graduation deadline: March 1
- August graduation deadline: June 1
- December graduation deadline: October 1
When we receive your graduation application, you will receive an email outlining the result of their graduation review approximately 3-8 weeks after the application has been received.
Doctoral student hooding ceremony
Graduating doctoral students are accorded special recognition during spring or winter commencement exercises by participating in a hooding ceremony.
To participate in the hooding ceremony, students must:
- Be a doctoral student. Masters students do not participate in the hooding ceremony.
- File an application for graduation for the appropriate semester (fall or spring) and;
- Have successfully defended their dissertation and filed the completed Notice of Completion with the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to thecommencement exercises. Students who complete their degree during the summer session are eligible to attend either the fall or spring commencement exercises.
Please provide the Graduate School with the title of your dissertation and the name of your advisor using the Dissertation Title Submission Form.
Important dates and milestones for graduate and doctoral Students
It is the responsibility of the student to meet the below deadlines in order to graduate on time. Work with your graduate advisor to ensure you meet all degree and program requirements.
Deadlines by milestones and dates for December 2019 graduation
|Program of Study must be on file with Graduate School||Friday, April 19, 2019|
|Semester begins||Monday, Aug. 19, 2019|
|Classes begin||Monday, Aug. 26, 2019|
|Graduation Applications filed online||Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019|
|Notice of Completion (Doctoral) due from graduating doctoral students who are being hooded||Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019|
|Dissertation, Thesis, and Notice of Completion Due||Friday, Dec. 6, 2019|
|Commencement||Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019|
|Final grades due, Semester ends||Monday, Dec. 23, 2019|
Deadlines by milestones and dates for May 2020 graduation
|Program of Study must be on file with Graduate School||Friday, Nov. 15, 2019|
|Semester begins||Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020|
|Classes begin||Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020|
|Graduation Applications filed online||Sunday, March 1, 2020|
|Notice of Completion (Doctoral) due from graduating doctoral students who are being hooded||Friday, May 1, 2020|
|Dissertation, Thesis, and Notice of Completion Due||Friday, May 8, 2020|
|Commencement||Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16, 2020|
|Final grades due, Semester ends||Monday, May 18, 2020|
Deadlines by milestones and dates for August 2020 graduation
|Program of Study must be on file with Graduate School||Friday, April 17, 2020|
|Mini term summer session begins||Monday, May 18, 2020|
|Graduation Applications filed online||Monday, June 1, 2020|
|First term summer session begins||Monday, June 8, 2020|
|Second term summer session begins||Monday, July 13, 2020|
|Dissertation, Thesis, and Notice of Completion Due||Friday, Aug. 7, 2020|
|Final grades due, Semester ends||Friday, Aug. 14, 2020|