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Major Graduation Deadline for Fall 2017

If you are planning to graduate from a graduate degree program in fall 2017, November 17 is a major deadline to be aware of. Be sure to check the Graduation Deadlines for your degree program and make certain that you get everything to the Graduate School, to avoid any delays in your graduation. We want your graduation to go as smoothly as possible; if you have any questions about the deadlines or what you need to do, do not hesitate to contact the graduate school at (865-974-2475), and we’ll talk you through the process.

Scheduled Your Dissertation Defense Yet?

The deadline for scheduling a dissertation defense is rapidly approaching. If you are in a doctoral program and plan to graduate in fall 2017, don’t forget that you’ll need to schedule your dissertation defense with the Graduate School at least a week before the date of your defense. Since the deadline to defend a dissertation is November 3, the last day to schedule your defense is October 27.

Graduating in Fall 2017? You Can Submit Your Thesis or Dissertation for Preliminary Review

If you would like, a draft of your thesis or dissertation can be submitted electronically to Trace early in the process to be reviewed for formatting by the thesis/dissertation consultant. The consultant will review the document for formatting, not content. Formatting includes page sequence, table/figure placement, bibliography, table of contents, abstract, font, margins, etc. Doing this early can help you avoid delays in the approval process, and it is highly recommended. The deadline for submitting your draft is October 6, and if you would like to have your draft reviewed, contact the Thesis/Dissertation Consultant at

The Spring 2017 Hooding Ceremony is Coming Up Soon

If you’re graduating in spring 2017, the Graduate School hopes you’ll join us for the Spring 2017 Hooding Ceremony on May 11th in Thompson-Boling. If you plan to do so, we just ask a couple of things from you. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, to help us plan, by May 1st. Also, please review our pages on the hooding ceremony, so that you’ll know when you need to arrive, what you need to bring (and what not to bring), and what to expect. We look forward to seeing you all in your newly-acquired finery!

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