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.

Note: the last day the Thesis Office will accept Preliminary Review submissions in Fall 2017 is October 6. The Preliminary Review can help students avoid having their manuscripts returned because of major formatting errors. Students seeking to graduate in Fall 2017 are encouraged to submit their manuscripts for Preliminary Review.

Semester Last day department-approved submissions over 200 pages will be accepted Last day submissions will be accepted to begin the format approval process Last day approved manuscripts will be accepted to begin the thesis release process
Spring 2017 March 10, Friday March 17, Friday April 24, Monday
Summer 2017 June 9, Friday June 16, Friday July 25, Tuesday
Fall 2017 October 20, Friday October 27, Friday December 4, Monday