StepsSteps to Graduation

Step What to Do When Approved By
1 Meet with your degree program Graduate Advisor to plan your course of study. Don’t know who your advisor is?
Directors of Graduate Study
Before semester registration. Graduate Advisor
2 Together with your Advisor, prepare a Plan of Study.
Plan of Study.
Your advisor will tell you—but no later than your 12th credit hour. Graduate Advisor and other degree program faculty.
4 Form a Comprehensive Assessment Committee. Determined by individual degree program. Graduate Advisor or Program Chair.
3 If a thesis/dissertation is required, identify an advisor and thesis committee. (This committee takes the place of the Comprehensive Assessment Committee). Determined by individual degree program. Graduate advisor or Program Chair.
4 Apply for graduation.
Application for Graduation.
Before or at the beginning of your final semester. For exact time see University Calendar Graduate Advisor
5 Attend Countdown to Commencement for information about caps/gowns, announcements, rings etc. November and March of each year. Announced by Registrar’s Office. Office of the Registrar
6 Submit  your comprehensive examination approval. Comprehensive Assessment Evaluation Report Determined by individual degree program. Graduate Advisor
7 If a thesis/dissertation is required, defend your thesis/dissertation and submit approval.
ETD final submission form
Determined by individual degree program. Thesis/Dissertation committee.
8 If a thesis/dissertation is required, upload your approved ETD to the ETD Administrator site. Determined by individual degree program. Thesis/Dissertation committee.