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Early Deadline Graduation Application

This form is to be used by thesis and dissertation students who complete all requirements for graduation before the semester starts to graduate at the end of a semester without having to register for thesis or dissertation hours in that semester. Students’ official graduation date will be at the conclusion of the semester.

Be certain to check the deadlines published by the Graduate School for the current semester. These deadlines include information on dates for the early deadline, including the deadline date for this form, the dissertation defense, and final submission of dissertation.

In order to be eligible for the early deadline, you must have enrolled at least 3 credit hours of 500 or 600 for the current semester. You must have applied to graduate through MyUTK for the semester in which you will graduate if approved.

For example, if you are enrolled in summer 2023 and wish to apply for early graduation for fall 2023, you must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours of 500 or 600 for summer 2023 and you must apply to graduate for fall 2023.


  1. Fill out all fields on the form, being certain to check all boxes acknowledging that you have met the requirements for an early deadline application.
  2. Electronically sign where indicated and submit the form for approval by the Graduate School.