Diploma Deadlines

The following is a summary.  See Graduate School's Calendar and Registrar's Academic Calendars for more information.

Fall 2020 Deadline Dates  
Advancement to Candidacy* Friday, August 28th, 2020
Application for Graduation ** Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
Thesis/Dissertation Deadline *** Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Spring 2021 Deadline Dates    
Advancement to Candidacy*   Friday, February 5th, 2021
Application for Graduation **   Wednesday, April14th, 2021
Thesis/Dissertation Deadline ***   Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
Summer 2021 Deadline Dates    
Application for Graduation **   Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Thesis/Dissertation Deadline ***   Monday, August 16th, 2021

Last Amended 12/29/2020

*Last day for Departments to submit Advancement to Candidacy (G5 status) forms to the Graduate School. To be eligible for advancement, students should plan to complete all their requirements for the PhD (except their dissertation, of course) at least 2 days before the Graduate School deadline.
**Last day for Graduate Students to apply for graduation online. MS students apply for graduation via SOLAR. PhD candidates should apply online; see Graduate School's Application for GraduationNote: this deadline is for inclusion in May commencement program.  You may continue to apply for graduation after this date, without inclusion in the May commencement program, via the Grad Program site. See Grad School Graduation Information Page for details.
***Last day for Graduate Students to file theses/dissertations with the Graduate School.



Candidates for August diplomas must be registered in either Summer Session for a graduate-level course in order to graduate. Candidates for December and May diplomas must be registered for at least one graduate credit in the semester they are graduating. During the fall and spring zero credit courses do not constitute fulfillment of the registration requirement for graduation.


Candidates who do not complete degree requirements must reapply for a subsequent degree awarding period. Degree applications are not carried forward.