Dissertation, Specialist Project, and Thesis Defense Submission Deadlines

Dissertation deadlines

Spring 2017 graduation

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

Summer I 2017 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: April 28
  • Last day to hold defense: May 12
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: May 19
  • Commencement: June 24

Summer II 2017 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: June 30
  • Last day to hold defense: July 14
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: July 21
  • Commencement: —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December. 

Fall 2017 graduation

  • Deadline to schedule defense: Oct. 20
  • Last day to hold defense: Nov. 3
  • Defended dissertation to Graduate College: Nov. 10
  • Commencement: Dec. 16

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 2017 graduation

  • Defended Theses to Graduate College: March 31
  • Commencement: April 29

Summer I 2017 graduation

  • Defended Theses to Graduate College: May  19
  • Commencement: June 24

Summer II 2017 graduation

  • Defended Theses to Graduate College: July  July 21
  • Commencement: Aug.  —please note: there is no commencement ceremony in August. Students wishing to participate in commencement will walk in December.  

Fall 2017 graduation

  • Defended Theses to Graduate College: Nov. 17
  • Commencement: Dec. 16

 

2017 Printable Deadlines .pdf 

 

Other important dates for graduate students

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