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Thesis, Dissertation, Performance and Oral Presentation Deadlines Calendar

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

Important Deadlines for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019

Deadlines by semester SP19 SU19 FA19
Activate intent to graduate on LionPATH 1/21 6/14 9/10
Submit doctoral dissertation for format review 2/11 5/31 9/30
Submit master's thesis for format review 2/11 5/31 9/30
Pass doctoral defense* 3/1 6/14 10/7
Submit final thesis or dissertation and supporting materials 4/1 7/9 11/15
Pass final performance (DMA students only) 4/1 7/9 11/15
Pass final oral presentation (DNP students only) 4/1 7/9 11/15

*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 his/her plan of study.

Commencement Schedule

Spring 2019 Commencement

Date: May 5

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bryce Jordan Center


Summer 2019 Commencement 

Date: August 10

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Bryce Jordan Center


Fall 2019 Commencement 

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

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