Commencement Deadlines

Ph.D. Graduates

Dissertation Defenses must occur no later than April 24, 2015.  Graduates must have their dissertations submitted to ProQuest by April 24, 2015 in order to be hooded in the May 7, 2015 ceremony and have their degrees conferred at the May 8, 2015 commencement ceremony. August 2015 graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2016 ceremony.

Master’s Graduates

January 2015, May 2015, and August 2015 graduates should plan to participate in the May 8, 2015 ceremony.

Graduate School Commencement Deadlines

January 2015 Graduates
Friday, December 12, 2014 – Last day to have theses or dissertations submitted electronically via Proquest in order to be cleared to graduate in January 2015.
Friday, January 2, 2015 – Last day to have theses or dissertations submitted electronically via Proquest without having to register for Continuation in Spring 2015 (for May 2015 graduation date).
Friday, January 30, 2015 – January 2015 graduation date (no ceremony). Diplomas will be dated January 30, 2015.

May 2015 Graduates
Friday, April 24, 2015 – Last day to have thesis/dissertation submitted electronically via ProQuest in order to be cleared to graduate in May 2015.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony and Reception for August 2014, January 2015, and May 2015 Ph.D. graduates.
Friday, May 8, 2015 – May 2015 Graduation date and ceremony.
Friday, May 16, 2015 – Last day to have thesis/dissertation submitted electronically via ProQuest without having to register for Continuation in Summer 2015 (for August 2015 graduation date).

August 2015 Graduates
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Last day to have theses or dissertations submitted electronically via ProQuest in order to be cleared to graduate in August 2015.
Monday, August 31, 2015 – August 2015 Graduation date (no ceremony). Diplomas will be dated August 31, 2015.
Friday, September 4, 2015 – Last day to have thesis/dissertation submitted electronically via ProQuest without having to register for Continuation in Fall 2015 (for January 2016 graduation date).

NOTE: Students submitting a thesis or dissertation to ProQuest between Monday, May 11, 2015 and Friday, September 4, 2015 must register for Continuation in the Summer 2015 semester.