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Graduation Enrollment Requirements

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A graduate student shall be enrolled during the term in which the degree is awarded unless all requirements have been completed by the last day to register.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must submit an Application for Graduation (found on our online forms page) during these specific dates for each semester: Summer - February 1st, Fall - June 1st, and Spring - September 1st.  A graduate student shall be enrolled for a course approved by the graduate advisor during the term in which the degree is awarded unless all requirements have been completed by the last day to register for the term.

If a student applies for graduation but fails to satisfy graduation requirements, the student must reapply; this must be done by the date appearing in the online calendar. 

All forms and memorandums required for graduation must be filed in the Graduate School Office no later than one (1) week prior to commencement, with the exception of the defense form and comprehensive exam form which are due four (4) weeks prior to commencement. Transcripts from other universities used as transfer credit on a program of study must be received no later than two (2) weeks after the commencement date.

The advisory committee approved copy of the thesis/dissertation must be submitted through the eTD Administrator (ProQuest) for format review no later than three (3) weeks prior to commencement. It is advisable that the student make an appointment with a Graduate School staff member for format review consultation prior to the deadline. The final copy for publication through ProQuest must be submitted via the eTD Administrator one (1) week prior to commencement.

You may apply NOW to graduate by completing the online form. 

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