Please note that commencement correspondence is emailed by UGS to doctoral candidates who submit the Preliminary Approval of Dissertation and Request for Oral Defense form by the deadline. The Fall 2023 deadline is Friday, October 20, 2023. Students must check with their academic units and colleges for internal deadlines to ensure that the Request for Oral Defense is submitted to UGS in a timely manner.
Once the Request for Oral Defense is received, doctoral candidates will receive an email outlining specific steps to follow that will complete the processing of it. For further information about this process, please click here. Fall 2023 commencement information will be emailed to doctoral candidates who submit their one Request for Oral Defense to UGS by Friday, October 20, 2023.
It is critical to follow all important dates and deadlines to ensure that your doctoral commencement participation is completed accordingly.
Doctoral candidates who are unable to attend commencement and wish to participate at a ceremony during a later term may reach out to UGS to make arrangements. Please do so by the first week of classes in the term in which you wish to participate.
Only those doctoral candidates who submit the Final ETD Approval form and the final version of the ETD manuscript by the due date will be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.
For those candidates who submit their RSPV by the due date and final ETD to us by no later than Friday, December 1: Your doctoral pass (this is separate from your guest tickets), is ready for pick-up at our office MARC430, the week of Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 8, 2023.