Graduation Deadlines

Graduate School – Graduation Application and Deadlines

2024 Deadlines

Please note some dates may be subject to change, but you will be notified in advance if this should occur.

May 2024 Graduation

Forms Needed to Apply to Graduate: 

Prior to November 17, 2023: Master’s thesis and PhDs must submit an Advisor/Committee form
By no later than November 17, 2023: Certificate, Master’s Thesis, and PHD students must submit Degree Audit form and PhDs must submit Admission to Candidacy form 

EARLY CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Fall 2023 Registration Required; Spring 2024 Registration NOT Required

Application to Graduate:
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in Trailhead for Spring 2024 graduation, is the first day of classes for the Spring 2024 term, January 9, 2024. Students will then be enrolled in a CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course when it is ready.

Non-Thesis Master’s Students
January 15, 2024: Complete the CANVAS Check-Out Course

Master’s Thesis & PhD Students
January 15, 2024: Complete CANVAS Check-Out Course in CANVAS
January 15, 2024: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
-Thesis Defense Form is available only at the end of the 1st quiz in the Graduation Check-Out Course.
-Thesis Defense Form should only be signed after the student has defended, passed the defense and all revisions have been approved.
January 15, 2024: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest (thesis students only)
Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
January 19, 2024: Thesis Formatting Approval (Students must complete the CANVAS course. Use the Latex template on our website {do not create your own template})

STANDARD CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Spring 2024 Registration Required

Application to Graduate:
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in Trailhead for Spring 2024 graduation, is the first day of classes for the Spring 2024 term, January 9, 2024. Students will then be enrolled in a CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course when it is ready.

Non-Thesis Master’s Students
April 19, 2024: Complete CANVAS Check-Out Course

Master’s Thesis & PhD Students
Deadlines to participate in Spring Commencement:

April 19, 2024: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
April 19, 2024: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS in person or via the Submit Form Button
-Thesis Defense Form is available only at the end of the 1st quiz in the Graduation Check-Out Course
-Thesis Defense Form should only be signed by advisor/committee after the student has defended, passed the defense and completed all revisions.
April 19, 2024: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest
– Format of thesis should follow OGS guidelines.
– Formatting Checklist and templates available here.
– Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
Respond to any format revisions requested by OGS.
May 3, 2024: Thesis Formatting Approval

 
Deadlines if not participating in Spring Commencement, but can request to walk in Fall:

Note, all requirements should be met by May 10, 2024, as this is the last day of Spring term. Under certain conditions, exceptions may be considered; please contact Assistant Dean Jenny Briggs (jsbriggs@mines.edu) with questions.

May 10, 2024: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
May 10, 2024: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS in person or via the Submit Form Button
-Thesis Defense Form is available only at the end of the 1st quiz in the Graduation Check-Out Course
-Thesis Defense Form should only be signed by advisor/committee after the student has defended, passed the defense and completed all revisions.
May 10, 2024: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest
– Format of thesis should follow OGS guidelines.
– Formatting Checklist and templates available here.
– Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
Respond to any format revisions requested by OGS.
May 24, 2024: Thesis Formatting Approval

August 2024 Graduation Deadlines

There is no commencement ceremony in the Summer – Students may walk in the Fall commencement ceremony (degree award date of August 16, 2024 will be on transcript).

Degree awarding process will occur approximately 10 business days after the August 16 award date.

All Summer Graduates (must meet these deadlines:

Before March 1, 2024: Submit an Advisor/Committee form (Master’s Thesis and PhD students)

March 1, 2024: Submit a Degree Audit form (Certificate, Master’s Thesis and PhD students)

March 1, 2024: Submit an Admission to Candidacy form (PhD only)

Office of Graduate Studies will enroll the students in a CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course for the term they plan to graduate.

Note: The spring completion deadlines now encompass the former summer early checkout.
SUMMER CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Summer registration required

Non-Thesis Master’s Students
August 16, 2024: Complete CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course

Thesis & PhD Students
August 16, 2024: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
August 16, 2024: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS in person or via the Submit Form Button
-Thesis Defense Form is available only at the end of the 1st quiz in the Graduation Check-Out Course
-Thesis Defense Form should only be signed by advisor/committee after the student has defended, passed the defense and completed all revisions.
August 16, 2024: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest
– Format of thesis should follow OGS guidelines.
– Formatting Checklist and templates available here.
– Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
Respond to any format revisions requested by OGS.
August 30, 2024: Thesis Formatting Approval

 

December 2023 Graduation Deadlines

Deadline to apply to graduate is the first day of the fall 2023 term, Monday, August 21st. 

Forms to Submit Prior to Applying to Graduate:

Prior to May 1, 2023: Master’s thesis and PhDs must submit Committee form  
May 1, 2023: All graduate students must submit Degree Audit form
PhD Only: August 22, 2023: All PhD students must submit Admission to Candidacy form 

  • OGS will send an invite for the student to enroll in the CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course
  • Degrees will be awarded approximately 10 business days after final grades are due.
  • Students may walk in December commencement ceremony.
NOTE: FALL EARLY CHECK-OUT HAS BEEN MERGED WITH THE STANDARD CHECKOUT FOR AUGUST GRADUATION

DECEMBER CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Fall registration required

Non-Thesis Master’s Students
September 15, 2023: Submit Master’s Non-Thesis Course Exception Form only if applicable. Students need to check degree evaluation in Degree Works to make sure they are meeting all degree requirements and have all the credits needed to graduate.
November 17, 2023: Complete CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course

Thesis & PhD Students
November 17, 2023: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
November 17, 2023: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS in person or via the Submit Form Button
-Thesis Defense Form is available only at the end of the 1st quiz in the Graduation Check-Out Course
-Thesis Defense Form should only be signed by advisor/committee after the student has defended, passed the defense and completed all revisions.
November 17, 2023: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest
– Format of thesis should follow OGS guidelines.
– Formatting Checklist and templates available here.
– Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
Respond to any format revisions requested by OGS.
November 28, 2023: Thesis Formatting Approval

 

Contact

Office of Graduate Studies

Alderson 451

grad.services@mines.edu