Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation deadlines

Spring 2020 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Feb. 28
  • Last day to hold defense: March 13
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: March 20
  • Commencement: April 25

Summer I 2020 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: May 1
  • Last day to hold defense: May 15
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: May 22
  • Commencement: June 27

Summer II 2020 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: June 26
  • Last day to hold defense: July 10
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: July 17
  • Commencement: —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December.  

Fall 2020 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Oct. 16
  • Last day to hold defense: Oct. 30
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: Nov. 6
  • Commencement: Dec. 19

 

Specialist Project and Master's Thesis deadlines

 Please note that Master's thesis defenses are not scheduled in the Graduate College. Please contact your department to schedule a thesis defense.

 Spring 2020 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: March 27
  • Commencement: April 25

Summer I 2020 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: May  22
  • Commencement: June 27

Summer II 2020 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: July 17

Fall 2020 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: Nov. 13
  • Commencement: Dec. 19

 

Other dates to consider

Other important dates for graduate students

  • Academic Year Calendar
  • For other program-specific dissertation/thesis deadlines, please contact your WMU department.