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As students approach the end of their graduate training and their dissertation work, there are numerous important rules, guidelines, and dates they need to keep in mind.

The Graduate School only has one hooding ceremony per year that occurs in May. Students who graduate in the Summer or Fall terms cannot be hooded until the following May.

Notify the Graduate School of your intent to defend and graduate

Registered in the term you hold your oral defense.

Have your dissertation accepted by the graduate school by the term after your defense.

Dissertation must be accepted by the graduate school to graduate. Graduate school sets formatting guidelines, you and your committee are responsible for the content (the committee signs and approves the content before submission)

Early clearance for employment and visa requirements.