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Q. What are the first 2 things that I need to do when thinking about scheduling my thesis defense?
A. Consult the deadline page on the UNC Graduate School website and Log in to ConnectCarolina → In your Student Center, under the “Academic” tab, choose “Apply for Graduation” in the drop-down box, and then click the double arrows. Pay special attention to the due date for submission of electronic doctoral dissertations as this is a hard-deadline. If you do not think that you will be able to submit your final thesis in-time for the deadline, you will have to apply for the next semester graduation (and pay special attention to the next semester thesis submission deadline).

Q: What do I do next?
A: Schedule your public/private defense date (date, time, room). Select a day and time all committee members can be present. Be aware of Neuroscience Center events like Thursday seminars and symposiums that may potentially conflict. Then check out the SOM room calendars for room availability. Once room is selected, fill-out a SOM room reservation form to secure the space. Finally, be sure to send over the information to Denise Kenney such as date time location of defense, defense talk title and recent photo.

Q: What are the 3 signed and completed Graduate School forms that I need in order to get cleared for graduation?
A: Exam form, Committee form, Program degree form.

Q: What other things do I need to be aware of for final graduation clearance?
A: You must complete the mandatory Graduate School exit survey. Also, it is helpful to make sure your PI submits the final grades for the defending semester in a timely fashion. Special note: NBIO students are only required to be registered in the fall and spring semesters, however if a student defends in the summer they are required to be registered in the summer. It is a strict policy that the student be registered in the semester that they defend in. Please refer to the Graduate School Handbook for further information.