Preparing for Graduation

  • Review graduation dates and deadlines .
  • Check requirements needed to attend commencement in May.
  • Consult your department/program to determine whether you are on schedule to graduate, i.e., that you will be able to complete all degree requirements by your graduation date. You should do this at the beginning of the semester in which your anticipated graduation date falls.
  • Prepare a Program of Study form. (Consult your department as to whether you may file the generic form provided here as a PDF or a department-specific version of the form.)
  • Submit the Program of Study form to your department/program for review by your advisor. If it is approved, they will submit it to the Graduate School, 304 Lyman Hall for review. A final signed program of study must be on file with the Graduate School or submitted with your signed request for exam form, at least three weeks prior to your defense date.
  • Preparing to Defend. If you are planning to defend your thesis or dissertation, please review the Thesis Dissertation Defense Checklist. You must submit the Request for Examination Form at least three weeks prior to your defense date to 304 Lyman Hall. 
  • File diploma request. To file a diploma request or to change your expected graduation term, please follow the “File Diploma Request” link under the Student Services section of MySlice.
  • Electronic Dissertation/Thesis Submittal Checklist

Preparing Your Thesis/Dissertation 

Please review the relevant links below when preparing your thesis/dissertation: