Applying to Graduate
Degrees are conferred three times a year. In addition to conferral that takes place during the commencement ceremony at the end of the Winter term, degrees completed during the Summer term are conferred at the August meeting of the University Regents and are distributed by mail. All candidates who complete the degree requirements may choose to participate in a commencement ceremony at a later date.
The Office of the Registrar publishes annual deadlines by which a candidate must defend a dissertation and complete all degree requirements. The deadline in order to have the degree conferred in the same term is approximately six weeks before the end of the term.
The Office of the Registrar also publishes annual deadlines for candidates who defend after this date but before the last day of the term, and who complete all degree requirements, including final revisions. These candidates will have their degree conferred in the term in which they complete all requirements and submit final revisions, but will not be required to register for an additional term. The Final Dissertation and Degree Requirement Deadline Dates are below.
Final Dissertation and Degree Requirement Deadline Dates
The date by which a candidate must complete and submit all degree requirements, including format revisions, is a firm date. Extensions are not permitted. A candidate who does not meet the final deadline cannot be listed among the degree recipients for that particular term, nor participate in commencement.
|Intended Last Term of Enrollment||Last Day to Defend||Dissertation Submission Deadline||Last Day to Complete All Requirements & Last Day to Apply to Graduate||Degree Conferral Date|
|Fall 2022||For diploma to be conferred in the same term||November 4, 2022||November 7, 2022||November 18, 2022||December 16, 2022|
|For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration||January 9, 2023||January 12, 2023||January 23, 2023||April 26, 2023|
|Winter 2023||For diploma to be conferred in the same term||March 17, 2023||March 20, 2023||March 31, 2023||April 26, 2023|
|For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration||August 2, 2023||August 5, 2023||August 15, 2023||August 22, 2023|
Refer to our Doctoral Dissertations Policies and Procedures for complete details about dissertation submission steps.
Office of the Registrar
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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