Graduation Checklist

Fall 2017

  • Apply to graduate by October 1st via your student center in UA Connect under “My Academics.” The graduation fee will be added to your student account. After the deadline, there is a $25 late application fee for ALL students.
  • The Graduate School suggests that students contact their advisor or committee to determine whether they have completed all course work.
  • Complete all degree requirements (comprehensive exams, incompletes, projects, etc.) no later than December 16th. This does not include theses/dissertations which are due no later than December 8th.
  • Schedule your thesis/dissertation defense as soon as possible to avoid delays with scheduling all committee members. We recommend defending your thesis at least TWO WEEKS prior to the submission deadline to allow enough time for required revisions. We also recommended that you defend prior to the Thanksgiving break.
  • Review the latest Guide to Preparing Theses & Dissertations.
  • Send an electronic copy of your thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School ( for a formatting pre-check prior to defending and at least TWO WEEKS prior to the final submission deadline of Friday, December 8th. Further instructions can be found in the Guide to Preparing Theses & Dissertations.
  • Bring your complete thesis/dissertation submission packet (as outlined in the Guide) to the Graduate School (GEAR 207/208) and receive instructions to upload your final thesis/dissertation to ProQuest. Upload must be completed by 4:30pm on December 8th in order to be eligible for graduation.
  • The Fall All University Commencement Ceremony will be Saturday, December 16th. Students can register to participate in the ceremony when applying to graduate in UAConnect. Further information about the ceremony and how to apply can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.
  • The graduation office is located in Gearhart Hall 207/208 or 575-4401
  • Make sure you submitted title & committee forms to the Grad School
  • Review the latest Guide to Preparing Theses & Dissertations
  • Defend a minimum of TWO WEEKS before theses/ dissertations are due
  • Degrees are posted to transcripts 4-6 weeks after graduation date
  • Diplomas are mailed by the Registrar’s Office approximately 8-10 weeks after graduation date
Important Dates!

October 1
Graduation Application Due

November 23

December 8
Theses & Dissertations Due

December 16
Complete all degree requirements

December 16

December 22
Records of Progress due