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Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Students

Academic Year 2019-20

The deadlines for manuscript submissions via online submission through the ETD Administrator to the Graduate School Office are indicated below. Individual departments may have earlier deadlines for completion, so be sure to check with your department assistant.

Semester Term Dates Online Application for Degree Form Dissertation to Graduate School Office Official Graduation Date Diploma Pick-up Period
Summer 2019 5/20 – 8/16/2019 5/22 – 6/21/2019 8/1/2019 8/31/2019 9/4 – 9/13/2019
Fall 2019 8/26 – 12/18/2019 9/9 – 10/4/2019 12/2/2019 12/30/2019 1/6 – 1/13/2020
Spring 2020 1/13 – 5/5/2020 1/27 – 2/21/2020 4/1/2020 5/17/2020 5/20 – 5/29/2020

Graduate degrees are conferred three times during the academic year (August, December and May). Students who receive their degrees in August and December and those enrolled for the spring semester who submit their completed dissertation or thesis to the Graduate School Office by the April deadline will be eligible to participate in Commencement the following Commencement in May. Commencement-related information will be emailed to student’s Clark email accounts in late-February.

*Students who complete a Petition to Walk form (deadline March 1, 2020) for Commencement 2020 must successfully defend their thesis/dissertation prior to Commencement (by May 7). Their deadline to submit dissertations and thesis to the Graduate School Office is June 1, 2020.