Explanation of Defense and Graduation Dates

Deadline Meanings

  • No Registration– Date by which you must defend and you DO NOT REGISTER FOR the next semester. Schedule your defense at least 2 weeks prior (i.e. submit paperwork to grad office). Upload DEFENDED VERSION of thesis no later than 24 hours after you pass defense.
  • Registration Required– Date by which you must defend  and YOU MUST REGISTER FOR the upcoming semester. Schedule your defense at least 2 weeks prior (i.e. submit paperwork to grad office). Upload DEFENDED VERSION of thesis no later than 24 hours after you pass defense.
  • Apply to Graduate– Apply for Spring graduation in MyPack; Inform Grad School if you’ll attend graduation (they have a form/procedure)
  • Final Error Free ETD-Upload your FINAL thesis/dissertation as approved by your committee and advisor. Missing deadline means NO GRADUATION.
  • Final Committee Approval– Date by which your committee will go online and approve your thesis/dissertation. If they miss checking the box online, YOU DO NOT GRADUATE.
  • Graduation Date– Date you walk or attend departmental ceremony and your degree is conferred (i.e. degree received date appears on transcripts, though diploma comes later in the mail.