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.

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Graduation information

  • Doctoral students

    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

Milestone Date
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

Milestone Date
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

Milestone Date
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