Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation deadlines

 

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

Spring 2021 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Feb. 26, 2021
  • Last day to hold defense: March 12, 2021  
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: March 19, 2021
  • Commencement: May 1, 2021 

Summer I 2021 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: April 30, 2021  
  • Last day to hold defense: May 14, 2021 
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: May 21.2021  
  • Commencement: June 26, 2021  

Summer II 2021 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: June 25, 2021 
  • Last day to hold defense: July 9, 2021 
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: July 16, 2021  
  • Commencement: —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December.  

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.

Fall 2020 graduation

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

 Spring 2021 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: March 26, 2021 
  • Commencement: May 1, 2021 

Summer I 2021 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: May 21, 2021   
  • Commencement: June 26, 2021 

Summer II 2021 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: July  16, 2021 

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.