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

 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 25

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. 

 

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

 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

Other important dates for graduate students

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