Submission of a manuscript during a semester does not guarantee graduation in that semester. Factors that can result in not graduating include the following:

  • Unavailability of the student to participate in the ongoing editing process
  • Major formatting errors (see the Handbook)
  • Major problems with grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Manuscripts that have not been approved by the supervisory committee and department chair

Manuscripts submitted on the deadline but that have any of these problems will not be considered for that semester.

Please take these factors into account when planning defense and graduation dates.

The entire editing process can take 2 or more months to complete, so the earlier a manuscript is submitted, the better the student’s chance of graduating in the desired semester. 

However, students wishing to be considered for graduation in a specific semester must meet the dates in this calendar.

Summer 2018June 1, FridayJune 8, FridayJune 15, FridayJuly 30, Monday

Semester Last day preliminary formatting submissions accepted Last day department-approved submissions over 200 pages will be accepted Last day department-approved submissions under 200 pages will be accepted to begin the format approval process Last day approved manuscripts will be accepted to begin the thesis release process
Fall 2017 October 6, Friday October 20, Friday  October 27, Friday December 4, Monday
Spring 2018 February 16, Friday March 9, Friday March 16, Friday April 23, Monday
Fall 2018 October 5, Friday October 19, Friday  October 26, Friday December 3, Monday