Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

On March 11th the University announced that beginning March 16th instruction for all students will be moving to a remote delivery format. On March 18th, it was announced that the University is extending remote course delivery through the spring semester. Learn more at

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members, the Graduate School has adjusted its operations to a remote format. Official business is being conducted by email, phone or videoconference until further notice. MORE INFO>

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The following deadlines are for theses, dissertations, DMA performances, and DNP final oral presentations only. Students writing master's papers should contact their plan of study for deadlines.

Important Deadlines for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020
Deadlines by semester SP20 SU20 FA20
Apply to graduate in LionPATH 1/27 6/19 9/8
Submit doctoral dissertation for format review 2/17 6/5 10/5
Submit master's thesis for format review 2/17 6/5 10/5
Pass doctoral defense* 3/6 6/19 10/12
Submit final thesis or dissertation and supporting materials Extended to 4/6 7/7 11/13
Pass final performance (DMA students only) Extended to 4/6 7/7 11/13
Pass final oral presentation (DNP students only) Extended to 4/6 7/7 11/13
Committee members to approve final thesis/dissertation 4/24 8/3 12/11

*Questions about the doctoral dissertation defense should be directed to Graduate Enrollment Services (814-865-1795). Students with questions regarding the master's thesis defense should contact their plan of study.

More information about Commencement is available at