Graduation Process

Are you Ready to Defend and Graduate? 

Students in the CEMB program who are ready to defend and graduate should follow these instructions. 

Before Your Defense

  • Make certain you have previously filed your Dissertation/Thesis committee form (Masters) (Doctoral
    • If not previously filed, complete the form with committee signatures
    • Submit to Dr. Rhoads to sign and submit to the graduate school 
  • Submit your Dissertation/Thesis Title form to Dr. Rhoads to sign and submit 
  • Check the final thesis/dissertation submission date  and schedule your defense at least 2 weeks prior 
  • Format your document according to the Thesis and Dissertation Guide
  • Initiate formatting pre-check process by emailing thesis/dissertation to the graduate school at 

At Your Defense 

  • Print and take your Thesis/Dissertation title/signature page for your committee to sign
  • (As of Fall 2022 the Record of Progress form is no longer used)
  • After the defense the committee chair needs to email the Program Director including the results (pass/fail) and the date that the final dissertation was accepted.  Note that this date may not be the date of your defense, if edits were required for the final thesis/dissertation.

At Least One Week Before the End of your Final Term

After Your Defense: The Submission Process 

  • Prepare your submission packet to be handed in person to GEAR 207/208. Pre-check must be stamped “Approved,” your digital document must be ready to upload, Stamped or copied signatures on title page or record of progress will not be accepted, signatures must be original. 

Your Submission Packet Should Contain The Following

All Graduation Forms

Graduation Checklist and Requirements