Doctoral Degree Completion Deadlines

Note: The deadline for all Spring 2020 graduation applicants to complete degree requirements has been extended through September 11, 2020. Students may request an additional extension to October 30, 2020 by emailing and explaining their circumstances. This option is only available to students who filed an application for Spring graduation and who do not require registration in any credits beyond Spring 2020.  

If you withdrew your Spring 2020 application, and would like to now utilize the extended completion deadline, you may request that your Spring term degree application be reinstated by emailing


Spring 2020SUMMER 2020FALL 2020Winter 2021

Priority deadline to submit application for advanced degree in GradWeb. After this date, you must contact your department to request an override. 

April 10

July 3

Extended to July 10

October 9January 15

Last day to file application for final oral defense

Approved applications are due at least 3 weeks before the defense. Apply 4-5 weeks before defense to allow sufficient time for approvals.

May 8*July 31*November 4*February 12*

Last day to hold Final Oral Defense See final term registration exceptions

May 29August 21November 25March 5

Last day for department to submit certificate of completion of doctoral degree to the Graduate School in GradWeb

June 8**August 31**December 7**March 15

Last day to upload your completed and approved dissertation and submit signed forms to the Graduate School

June 8August 31December 7March 15

Official degree conferral date (the date of your degree as it will appear on your transcript and diploma)

June 15September 12December 12March 20

* Or no less than three weeks before the dissertation defense date, whichever comes first
** Or no later than two weeks after the defense date, whichever comes first.

Getting ready to graduate? See our doctoral graduation checklist to be sure you have what is needed to graduate on time.