Fall 2015 Graduation Requirements for Doctoral Degree Students

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

If you intend to complete your degree requirements during the Fall 2015 semester, please take the following steps. (For copies of forms, please click here.)

Degree Requirements for Doctoral Candidates Deadline Dates

Bring to the Graduate School the completed Nomination of Members for the Final Doctoral Examination Committee form as well as a curriculum vitae for any nominees who are not members of the Graduate Faculty. Two members should be designated as "readers."

The Graduate School will notify the Chairman of the Committee and the Dean's selected representative of the approved/appointed committee by returning the above form showing Graduate School approval and the appointment of the Dean's representative.

Six months prior to the defense

Before the close of general registration, register for at least one credit during the semester that you intend to graduate

Note: Students who have reached candidacy are required to register for course 899 through the semester in which they graduate. Course 899 is a fixed 9-credit course. There is a minimum graduation requirement of 18 credits of course 899, but there is no maximum requirement of course 899.

August 26

Apply for graduation online:
Application for Diploma

July 1 - Sept 15

If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremonies:
*Order academic regalia from the Campus Bookstore by the deadline date. *Inform Kathy Miller that you plan to attend commencement.


$25 late fee assessment for academic regalia orders will apply.

October 2

Submit to the Graduate School the completed Announcement of Ph.D. Dissertation form and the completed Certification of Readiness to Defend the Doctoral Dissertation form. (The Graduate School will then send the Procedure for the Conduct of Final Doctoral Oral Examination and the Examining Committee form to the Dean's representative on your committee.)

Two weeks before the dissertation defense.

The Representative for the Dean returns the completed Report of the Examining Committee form to the Graduate School.

Within two working days after the oral defense

Pay the cashier all outstanding university debts.

One month before the graduation date:
November 16

Pick up academic regalia from the Bookstore.


Last day to submit the following:

  • signed approval sheet
  • electronic dissertation to UMI
  • survey of earned doctorates form
  • Ph.D. exit survey

November 30

Graduate School Commencement ceremony

December 16

Diplomas are available.

December 16

N/A = Not Appropriate
TBA = To Be Announced

Please note that if the deadline dates are not met, you will have to reapply during the semester in which you plan to graduate. Please be sure to verify all deadline dates with either the program office or Graduate School. For more information about requirements for graduation, please consult your program and the Graduate School Catalog.