Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Master’s Thesis Deadlines

Please note that master's thesis and specialist project defenses are not scheduled in the Graduate College. Please contact your committee to schedule a defense.

2022 Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Master's Thesis Deadlines

Friday, February 25, 2022

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Spring 2022 graduation

Friday, March 11, 2022

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Spring 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

Defended dissertations due in the Graduate College for Spring 2022 graduation

Friday, March 25, 2022

Defended specialist projects and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Spring 2022 graduation

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Spring commencement

Friday, April 29, 2022

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Summer I 2022 graduation

Friday, May 13, 2022

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Summer I 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022

Defended dissertations, specialist projects, and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Summer I 2022 graduation

Friday, June 24, 2022

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Summer II 2022 graduation

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Summer I commencement

Friday, July 8, 2022

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Summer II 2022

Friday, July 15, 2022

Defended dissertations, specialist projects, and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Summer II 2022 graduation

Friday, August 12, 2022

Summer II semester ends; no commencement ceremonies

Friday, October 14, 2022

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Fall 2022 graduation

Friday, October 28, 2022

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Fall 2022 graduation

Friday, November 4, 2022

Defended dissertations due in the Graduate College for Fall 2022 graduation

Friday, November 11, 2022

Defended specialist projects and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Fall 2022 graduation

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Fall commencement

 

2023 Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Master's Thesis Deadlines

Friday, February 24, 2023

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Spring 2023 graduation

Friday, March 10, 2023

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Spring 2023

Friday, March 17, 2023

Defended dissertations due in the Graduate College for Spring 2023 graduation

Friday, March 24, 2023

Defended specialist projects and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Spring 2023 graduation

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Spring commencement

Friday, April 28, 2023

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Summer I 2023 graduation

Friday, May 12, 2023

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Summer I 2023

Friday, May 19, 2023

Defended dissertations, specialist projects, and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Summer I 2023 graduation

Friday, June 23, 2023

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Summer II 2023 graduation

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Summer I commencement

Friday, July 7, 2023

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Summer II 2023

Friday, July 14, 2023

Defended dissertations, specialist projects, and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Summer II 2023 graduation

Friday, August 11, 2023

Summer II semester ends; no commencement ceremonies

Friday, October 13, 2023

Deadline to schedule dissertation defense for Fall 2023 graduation

Friday, October 27, 2023

Last day for doctoral candidates to hold dissertation defense for Fall 2023 graduation

Friday, November 3, 2023

Defended dissertations due in the Graduate College for Fall 2023 graduation

Friday, November 10, 2023

Defended specialist projects and master’s theses due in the Graduate College for Fall 2023 graduation

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Fall commencement

Other Important Dates for Graduate Students

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