Graduation Requirements Checklist
- You must have satisfied all your program requirements and have registered to graduate. For detailed information about registering to graduate, view the Office of the Registrar's Application Process page.
- If you are in your final semester of attendance at UIW, you should have completed writing your thesis or dissertation (ETD) early in the semester and have scheduled a meeting with your committee to defend the dissertation.
- If you are in need of editorial assistance, seek that assistance prior to preparing the ETD for defense before your committee. The copy of the ETD you present to your committee should be completely edited and as clean of formatting errors as possible.
- All research protocols must be closed before a student can graduate. For information on the IRB closure process, visit UIW's Human Subjects Research Institutional Review Board page.
Deadlines for submitting ETDs to ORGS for format review:
March 15, for graduation in May
June 1, for graduation in August
October 15, for graduation in December
If a submission due date falls on a weekend, the submission is due the following Monday.
Please allow at least three weeks for format review to be completed.
Student work submitted after the deadlines may not be reviewed in time to meet the graduation deadlines set by the UIW Registrar. View the Academic Calendar for deadlines and other important information.
Forms and Other Information to Submit Your Final Semester
--in addition to your thesis or dissertation--
Thesis or Dissertation Defense Announcement form. Use this form to announce your intention to present a public defense of your thesis or dissertation. Submit the form at least 2 weeks prior to the defense date. This form should be accompanied by the structured abstract.
Structured Abstract. The structured abstract serves as a record of research at UIW. Submit at the same time as your defense announcement form, or earlier if it is ready.
Thesis or Dissertation Approval (Defense) form. Submit this form—signed by your committee—after a successful public defense, along with your completed thesis or dissertation.
Library deposit agreement. After format approval, submit your thesis or dissertation to the Mabee Library for deposit into The Athenaeum, UIW's open access electronic repository of scholarly work. Your consent is needed to allow The Athenaeum to display your work to the public. For more information, see the The Athenaeum's FAQ page.
Survey of Earned Doctorates (PhD students only). Complete the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates. The registration site is here: https://sed-ncses.org. Be sure to indicate the month of your graduation, which is either May, August, or December.
Thesis or Dissertation Clearance form. This form, signed by the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, affirms that all requirements have been satisfied and that you are eligible to graduate. The form is distributed to your school, your committee, and to the Registrar’s office.