Spring Graduation Checklist

Spring 2023

  • Apply to graduate by March 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.
  • Consult your Degree Audit to confirm that you have completed all degree requirements. Remind your advisor/committee chair that your Degree Audit must be completed by the department.
  • Complete all degree requirements (comprehensive exams, incompletes, projects, etc.) no later than May 12th. This does not include theses/dissertations which are due no later than May 5th.
  • Schedule your thesis/dissertation defense as early as possible to avoid delays with scheduling all committee members. We recommend defending your thesis/dissertation at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline to allow enough time for required revisions.
  • If you are a master’s thesis or doctoral student, format your paper according to the Thesis and Dissertation Guide.
  • Send an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation to the Graduate School (gradtad@uark.edu) for a formatting pre-check prior to defending and preferably at least two weeks prior to the final submission deadline listed in the important dates on this page. Further instructions can be found in the Thesis and Dissertation Guide.


  • 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 Thesis and Dissertation Guide
  • 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

  • March 1

    Graduation Application Due

  • March 21 - 25

    Spring Break

  • May 5

    Thesis & Dissertation Due

  • May 12

    All degree requirements must be completed

  • May 13


  • May 20

    Degree Audits should be complete