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Important Deadlines for TC Doctoral Candidates

Important Note

You must file notification in the Office of Doctoral Studies of your intention to defend the Ph.D. or the Ed.D. dissertation during Spring Term 2014 by January 30, 2014.

April 7th* Last Day to submit the Ed.D. Final Oral Defense Application or Application to Schedule the Ph.D. Final Oral Defense for Spring Term 2014 in order to receive a May 2014 degree.
April 28th* Last Day to hold dissertation defense and be eligible for May 22 award of degree.
May 2nd* Last Day to deposit Ed.D. dissertation and abstracts for May 22 award of degree.
May 16th* Last Day to deposit Ph.D. dissertation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the award of the May degree. (Deposit must be completed by 4 p.m.)

*Any student who is seeking an exception to the eligibility requirements listed above must submit a request stating the rationale for requesting the exception and a statement of support from the dissertation committee (sponsor and 2nd reader). All requests for an exception will be reviewed by Associate Dean Thomas Rock. Send the request in writing to Karen Johnson Kelly, Office of Enrollment Services, 310 Thorndike, by March 31, 2014.

Graduate Checklist

  1. Determine if you are eligible to graduate.
  2. File an application to graduate with the Registrar (Masters Students Only).
  3. Register for your ceremony.
  4. Purchase or rent Academic Attire.
  5. Contact OASID if you or a guest have needs associated with a disability.