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Doctoral Dissertation Scheduling and Graduation Deadlines

The following dates provide a guideline for students to complete the dissertation process, which may allow them to be considered for Spring Graduation.  

Students may initiate the process at any time, however, to ensure sufficient time to be considered for Spring or Fall graduation, the following deadlines should be met.  If you have any questions, please contact Graduate Studies at 205-807-8772.

FEBRUARY GRADUATION DEADLINE DATES

Last date for the submission of thesis/documents to initiate an examination Last date for an examination

Last date for the submission of final thesis/documents for formatting review

 

Final thesis approved by Grad Studies

OCTOBER 2nd

DECEMBER 8th
JANUARY 8th
JANUARY 30th
 

                                                  MAY GRADUATION DEADLINE DATES

Last date for the submission of thesis/documents to initiate an examination Last date for an examination

Last date for the submission of final thesis/documents for formatting review

 
Final thesis approved by Grad Studies

JANUARY 3rd

MARCH 10th

APRIL 3rd

APRIL 28th

SEPTEMBER GRADUATION DEADLINE DATES

Last day for the submission of documents to initiate an examination Last date for an examination

Last date for the submission of final thesis/documents for formatting review

Final thesis approved by Grad Studies

MAY 5th

JULY 14th
AUGUST 11th AUGUST 30th

NOVEMBER GRADUATION DEADLINE DATES

Last day for the submission of documents to initiate an examination Last date for an examination

Last date for the submission of final thesis/documents for formatting review

Final thesis approved by Grad Studies

JULY 4th

SEPTEMBER 8th
OCTOBER 6th OCTOBER 30th

Please note: 

It is highly advisable to schedule your defence prior to or after the summer months of July and August given the unavailability of many faculty members.  Restricted periods for scheduling a defence will be August and December. Due to the proximity to the start of the new academic term, limited defences will be scheduled during this time.

Points to Remember:

  • You can complete your program at any time during the year as long as your coursework is completed and you have successfully defended a thesis.
  • If you adhered to the deadline dates above, you will graduate in either Feb., May, Sept. or November
  • Convocation is held in June of each year and you may choose to attend or not
  • In order to graduate, a student must apply online through the Student Service Centre (SSC)
    Please note their application deadlines may differ from the deadline dates above. 
  • Click here for more information on Graduation and Convocation

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