If you would like a diploma dated the term you defend you have up until the last day of that term to successfully defend, turn in the final copy of your thesis or dissertation, and complete all degree requirements. If you defend and submit your final thesis copy after the last day of the current term, but before the beginning of the next term, you are considered a graduate of the later term.

The deadlines for participating in commencement are earlier than for degree completion and are shown on the Graduate School website. Please refer to these deadlines well in advance of completing your degree if you might want to attend commencement.