Graduation Deadlines

Graduation Deadlines

2021 through 2023
Please note some dates may be subject to change, but you will be notified in advance if this should occur.

December 2021 Graduation

December 2021 Commencement: Friday, December 17, 2021

Forms to Submit Prior to Applying to Graduate:

Prior to May 1, 2021: Master’s thesis and PhDs must submit Committee form  
May 1, 2021: All graduate students must submit Degree Audit form
PhD Only: August 16, 2021: All PhD students must submit Admission to Candidacy form 

DECEMBER 2021 GRADUATION

Degrees will be awarded approximately 10 business days after final grades are due.

All December Graduates (Early and Standard check-Out) must meet these deadlines:

Before May 1, 2021: Submit an Advisor/Committee form (Thesis based students)

May 1, 2021: Submit a Degree Audit form (All graduate students)

August 16, 2021: Submit an Admission to Candidacy form (PhDs only)

August 23, 2021:  Apply to graduate in Trailhead (All graduate students)

  • Students may only apply after all the forms above have been processed.
  • After students apply to graduate in Trailhead, OGS will send an invite for the student to enroll in the CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course
  • Enrollment dates can be found at: Steps to Graduation

EARLY CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Summer registration required; Fall registration not required

Non-Thesis Students

August 23, 2021: Complete the Graduation Check-Out Canvas Course

Thesis Students

August 23, 2021: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course

August 23, 2021: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS & Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest

  • 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.
  • Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.

September 3, 2021: Thesis Formatting Approval

STANDARD CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Fall registration required

Non-Thesis Students

November 12, 2021: Complete the Graduation Check-Out Course

Thesis Students

November 12, 2021: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course

November 12, 2021: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to OGS & Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest

  • 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.
  • Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.

November 23, 2021: 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 degrees will be awarded 10 business days after the December graduation date.
Students may walk in December commencement ceremony.

May 2022 Graduation

SPRING 2022 COMMENCEMENT:

STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY ARE ALLOWED TO WALK IN THE MAY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY – MAY 13, 2022.
Degrees will be awarded approximately 10 business days after final grades are due.

Forms Needed to Apply to Graduate

Prior to November 1, 2021: Master’s thesis and PhDs must submit an Advisor/Committee form
November 19, 2021: All graduate students must submit Degree Audit form
January 8, 2022: PhDs must submit Admission to Candidacy form 

EARLY CHECK-OUT CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES

Student must have been registered for Fall 2021 credits
Student does not need to register for Spring 2022 credits
January 11, 2022All students must apply to graduate in Trailhead
Students may only apply after all the forms above have been processed.
-After students apply to graduate in Trailhead, students will be enrolled the student in a CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course.
-Enrollment dates can be found at: Steps to Graduation 

Non-Thesis Students
January 14, 2022: Complete the Graduation Check-Out Course

Thesis & PhD Students
January 14, 2022: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
January 14, 2022: 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 14, 2022: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest (thesis students only)
Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
January 21, 2022: 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

Student must be registered for Spring 2022 credits
January 11, 2022: All students in all degree programs must apply to graduate in Trailhead
-Students may only apply after all the forms above have been processed.
-After students apply to graduate in Trailhead, students will be enrolled in a CANVAS Graduation Check-Out Course
-Enrollment dates can be found at: Steps to Graduation 

Non-Thesis Master’s
April 11, 2022: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course

Thesis & PhD Students
April 11, 2022: Complete Graduation Check-Out Course in CANVAS
April 11, 2022: Submit signed Thesis Defense Form to 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.
April 11, 2022: Upload content approved thesis in ProQuest
-Only after you have completed all the steps above, will the format review begin.
April 21, 2022: Thesis Formatting Approval  (Students must complete the CANVAS course. Use the Latex template on our website {do not create your own template})