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Graduation Deadlines & Forms
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
GRADUATION DEADLINES - SPRING SEMESTER 2017
Special Notice: Graduate students must be officially enrolled at the time the degree is awarded. The only acceptable evidence of official enrollment is the student’s name on the official class lists, rosters, etc. issued by the Office of the Registrar.
January 31 - REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATION
All prospective graduates must submit a Registration for Graduation Card to the Graduate School.
February 17 - Submit applications for renewal of courses and transfer of credit.
Degree requirements for the master's and doctorate must be completed within a maximum of five and seven years, respectively, from the date of initial registration. Courses taken more than five and seven years prior to applying for graduation must be revalidated in accordance with Graduate School guidelines. For documentation, a restoration of course credit form must be filled out and submitted to the Office of Educational and Research Affairs.
March 17 - MASTER'S CANDIDATES - Last day to submit applications for Admission to Candidacy.
March 31 – PH.D. CANDIDATES – Doctoral candidates planning to graduate for fall 2017 are required to submit the formal application for Admission to Candidacy.
March 31 - PH.D. CANDIDATES - Last day to submit requests for oral defense examinations. Submit requests for oral defense examinations (Form GS-EA 1 thru Form GS-EA-4), and the curriculum vitae for the external examiner. A final copy of the dissertation must accompany the requests. Oral defense examinations will be scheduled only after dissertations have been checked thoroughly and approved by the Office of Educational and Research Affairs.
Doctoral candidates planning to graduate for Spring 2017 were required to submit the formal application for candidacy not later than October 28, 2016.
March 31 – MASTER’S THESIS CANDIDATES – Submit the notification of defense. The notification must include a memo listing the student’s name, names of the committee members, as well as the date, time, and place of the final oral examination. Form GS-EA-3 must be attached. A final copy of the thesis must accompany the requests.
April 21 – PH.D. CANDIDATES – In order to allow students ten working days following their defense examinations to make any necessary corrections in their dissertations, this is the last date on which defense examinations will be scheduled.
May 5 – Certification Forms GS-EA-5 and 6 are due for all degree candidates who have successfully defended the dissertation or the thesis.
May 5 – Certification Form GS-EA-6 for all non-thesis degree candidates is due.
May 5 – Certification Form GS-EA-7 for all graduate certificate candidates is due.
PLEASE NOTE: All degree candidates must submit the electronic versions of their theses or dissertations no later than ten working days after the oral defense.
May 5 – Electronic Submission of Theses and Dissertations are due. All degree candidates who have successfully defended the dissertation or the thesis and submitted Forms GS-EA-5 and 6 must upload the final document to UMI Dissertation Publishing – http://www.etdadmin.com/howard.
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