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Important Dates

Note: For University-wide deadlines (class start/end dates, add/drop dates, declaration of minor deadlines, etc.), please see the Office of the University Registrar's website or the Office of the Bursar's website.

October 2014

1 Wednesday - Last date to apply for the Graduate Assistantship Tuition Rate for Externally-Funded Fellows Program. Visit the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration page for eligibility information or to obtain an application form.

2 Thursday - Workshop on Grant Writing: Life Sciences, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 102 Kern Graduate Building

6 Monday - Last date for a fall graduate to upload a draft of the doctoral dissertation to the eTD website for format review

8 Wednesday - Last date for a fall graduate to upload a draft of the master’s thesis to the eTD website for format review; Workshop on Grant Writing: Engineering, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 102 Kern Graduate Building

16 Thursday - Last date for a fall graduate to pass final doctoral defense (department must return report form to Graduate Enrollment Services immediately); Workshop on Grant Writing: Medical Sciences, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 102 Kern Graduate Building

18 Saturday - Career Exploration Workshop, 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 101 Thomas Building

23 Thursday - Graduate Workshop on Writing: Writing a Literature Review, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 362 Willard Building

November 2014

3 Monday - Deadline for nominations for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award, the Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award, the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, the Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award, the Harold K. Schilling Dean’s Graduate Scholarship, the Thomas and June Beaver Fund, and the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award. For more information, visit the Award Programs page.

23-29 Sunday–Saturday - Thanksgiving holiday (No Classes)

December 2014

1 Monday - Last date for fall graduates to upload final thesis or dissertation to the eTD website; Graduate Workshop on Writing: Academic Writing for Non-native Speakers, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 362 Willard Building

1 Monday - Last day to pass final performance (DMA students only)

2 Tuesday - Graduate Exhibition Information Session, 5:00-7:00 p.m., 112 Kern Graduate Building

20 Saturday - Graduate School Fall Commencement Ceremony, Bryce Jordan Center, 4:30 p.m.

January 2015

19 Monday- Martin Luther King Day (No classes)

26 Monday - Last date for a spring graduate to activate the intent to graduate on eLion

27 Tuesday - How to Create an Exhibition Poster Session, 5:00-7:00 p.m., 112 Kern Graduate Building

February 2015

2 Monday through June 30, 2015 - Applications will be accepted for the Summer Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) on a rolling basis while funds last and will be considered in the order in which they are received. For more information, visit the STAP page.

16 Monday - Last date for a spring graduate to upload a draft of the doctoral dissertation to the eTD website for format review

18 Wednesday - Last date for a spring graduate to upload a draft of the master's thesis to the eTD website for format review

March 2015

2 Monday  - Deadline for applications for the Academic Computing Fellowship and the AT&T Graduate Fellowship. For more information visit the Award Programs page.

6 Friday - Last date for a spring graduate to pass final doctoral defense (department must return report form to Graduate Enrollment Services immediately)

8-14 Sunday-Saturday - Spring Break - No Classes

20 Friday - Graduate Exhibition Performances, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building

22 Sunday - Graduate Exhibition Research Presentations, noon-3:00 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center

April 2015

6 Monday - Last date for spring graduate to upload final thesis or dissertation to the eTD website

6 Monday - Last date for spring D.M.A. students to pass their final performance

May 2015

10 Sunday - Graduate School Spring Commencement Ceremony, Bryce Jordan Center, 6:30 p.m.

June 2015

1 Monday - Deadline for applications for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. For more information visit the Award Programs page.

8 Monday - Last date for a summer graduate to upload a draft of the doctoral dissertation to the eTD website for format review; Last date for a summer graduate to upload a draft of the master's thesis to the eTD website for format review

19 Friday - Last date for a summer graduate to activate the intent to graduate on eLion; Last date for a summer graduate to pass final doctoral defense (department must return report form to Graduate Enrollment Services immediately)

July 2015

20 Monday - Last date for summer graduates to upload final thesis or dissertation to the eTD website; Last date for summer D.M.A. students to pass their final performance

August 2015

15 Saturday - Graduate School Summer Commencement Ceremony, Bryce Jordan Center, 2:30 p.m.

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