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Academic Deadlines

Potential Graduate Degree Recipients

Recommended Timeline for Degree Completion

Degree Completion Activities

Fall (December)

Spring (May)

Summer (August)

Request Appointment for Defense of Thesis/Dissertation Examination Committee 3 – 4 weeks into fall the semester 3 – 4 weeks into the spring semester May 1
Latest day to defend to qualify for degree 2 weeks before commencement 2 weeks before commencement 2 weeks before the first day of fall classes
MPS, MF and MLA students must notify The Grad School of their intent to complete the degree to be included in the commencement program. 1 month before the last day of classes 1 month before the last day of classes Same as fall, if intend to participate in December commencement
Submit a final version of document through your ESF Google account, and submit associated paperwork to Office of Instruction & Graduate Studies. Last day of classes Last day of classes Friday before fall classes

Please contact The Graduate School for more specific information and final deadlines.

Please note:

Consult the Instructions for Completing a Thesis or Dissertation prior to submitting a final draft to your defense committee members. All committee members (Major Professor, Steering Committee, Readers/Examiners, and the Defense Committee Chair) must have a final draft at least two weeks prior to the defense. Students should notify the  Graduate School at of the date, time, and location of the defense at least 2 weeks in advance of the defense or it may be rescheduled.

Revised: 10/13/2021