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Trace, and be accepted by the Thesis/Dissertation Consultant by 5:00 p.m. All doctoral candidates must complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates by this date, as well. And the Pass/Fail form and Thesis/Dissertation Approval form (if you’re in a thesis or dissertation program) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. to the Graduate School. For more details, and links to the relevant forms, please check out our graduation deadlines.

School of Journalism & Electronic Media, will be our featured speaker for the Spring 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. A bio for Greig, who served as both senate chair and vice-president for the Graduate Student Senate, can be found on our featured speakers page, along with previous featured speakers. Join Greig and the Graduate School for the 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony on May 9 at 7:30 pm at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

3rd Dissertation Institute (DI) will take place June 23rd–28th on the University of California, San Diego campus. This institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, Native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. The primary goal is to address issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages of the targeted population. The application deadline is March 1st. If you have questions, please email them to

The Writing Center is hosting a Semester Jump-Start for Thesis and Dissertation Writers on January 26, from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. This workshop will provide time for planning and drafting, plus short presentations about writing, researching, and de-stressing—and more! There will be lunch, coffee and snacks provided, but you need to apply by January 22! Contact the the writing center with any questions (

Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. There are security protocols that you should be aware of when planning to attend. Thompson Boling Arena has a Clear Bag Policy in effect for its events, and the hooding ceremony is no exception. In addition, there are metal detectors that will be used at the entrances. In order to help you be prepared, we have created a page with guidance on these policies. Be sure to read about what you can bring and what you shouldn’t bring, and leave yourself some extra time when arriving, so you don’t experience any delays.