Students who have successfully defended their dissertations must complete all steps outlined on the PhD Candidate check list. Students are required to submit all materials to Enrollment Services prior to graduation to be eligible for a scheduled graduation date in May, September, and January.
PhD Candidates planning to participate in the May commencement ceremony must send notification of their date to defend their dissertation to the public by March 15th. Candidates are expected to defend their dissertation by the latest, April 15th. Candidates who have not defended their dissertation by or before April 15th will not be eligible to be hooded at the commencement ceremony in May. These students are eligible to be hooded at the commencement ceremony the following year.
PhD Candidacy Forms :