Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation deadlines

Spring 2018 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: March 2
  • Last day to hold defense: March 16
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: March 23
  • Commencement: April 28

Summer I 2018 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: April 27
  • Last day to hold defense: May 11
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: May 18
  • Commencement: June 23

Summer II 2018 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: June 29
  • Last day to hold defense: July 13
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: July 20
  • Commencement: —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December. 

Fall 2018 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Oct. 19
  • Last day to hold defense: Nov. 2
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: Nov. 9
  • Commencement: Dec. 15

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.

April 2018 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: March 30
  • Commencement: April 28

Summer I 2018 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: May  18
  • Commencement: June 23

Summer II 2018 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: July 20
  • Commencement: Aug.  —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December.  

Fall 2018 graduation

  • Defended theses to Graduate College: Nov. 16
  • Commencement: Dec. 15

 

2018 Printable Deadlines.pdf

 

Other important dates for graduate students

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