Graduation Deadlines

It is ultimately your responsibility to have all requirements completed and meet all the deadlines for graduation. Please make sure you know the deadlines for the Graduate College as well as for the College of Musical Arts. Graduate College deadlines can be found here.

The following are deadlines for submitting the final copy of a composition, thesis or dissertation and completing a comprehensive exam. Please do not request extensions of these dates. They should be considered “non-negotiable.” The purpose of maintaining these deadlines is to guarantee that final projects of the highest possible quality are achieved.

All forms can be downloaded through the Graduate College Documents and Forms Web page.  

last day for submission for spring 2018 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       October 3, 2017
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 November 20, 2017
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    March 23, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                     March 23, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                           April 16, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                    April 16, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                          April 18, 2018
  • Commencement                                                            May 4, 2018

    dates are subject to change without notice

last day for submission for Summer 2018 semester (August graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       January 2, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 April 2, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    June 22, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    June 22, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          July 16, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   July 16, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                         July 18, 2018
  • Commencement                                                           August 4, 2018

    dates are subject to change without notice

last day for submission for fall 2018 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       May 14, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 June 29, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    November 2, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 2, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          November 26, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   November 26, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                         November 28, 2018
  • Commencement                                                           December 14, 2018

    dates are subject to change without notice

last day for submission for Spring 2019 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       October 2, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 November 19, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    April 5, 2019
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    April 5, 2019
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          April 29, 2019
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   April 29, 2019
  • Exam results and summary                                         May 1, 2019
  • Commencement                                                           May 17, 2019

    dates are subject to change without notice