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Schedule of Dissertation/Capstone Defense

This form is used by doctoral candidates who are preparing to schedule their dissertation/capstone defense, as part of the requirements for graduation.

Remember that doctoral candidates must schedule their dissertation/capstone defense no later than one week prior to their defense. Check the graduation deadlines for the specific deadline for the term in which you intend to graduate.


  1. Fill out all fields on the form, using as many committee member fields as necessary (no signatures are necessary).
  2. Be sure to include the location, date and time of the defense.
  3. Check with your department to see if they want a copy. If so, ensure that they get a copy before you
    send to the Graduate School.
  4. Deliver the form to the Graduate School in one of three ways:
    • Take the form to the Graduate School personally.
    • Send the form to the Graduate School by mail.
    • Scan form and email it to

If you or any of your committee members will be participating remotely, please ensure that you have completed a Remote Participation Notification form prior to the defense.