Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation deadlines

 

Summer I 2019 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: May 3
  • Last day to hold defense: May 17
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: May 24
  • Commencement: June 29

Summer II 2019 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: June 28
  • Last day to hold defense: July 12
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: July 19
  • Commencement: —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December. 

Fall 2019 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Oct. 18
  • Last day to hold defense: Nov. 1
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: Nov. 8
  • Commencement: Dec. 14

 

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.

 

Summer I 2019 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: May  24
  • Commencement: June 29

Summer II 2019 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: July 19

Fall 2019 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: Nov. 15
  • Commencement: Dec. 14

 

Other important dates for graduate students

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