Graduation Deadlines

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December 2019 Graduation

Jan. 10, 2019: Application for degree available on MyNIU.

Sept. 15, 2019: Application for degree due. A graduation fee will be charged to your account when you submit your application.

Oct. 8, 2019: Deadline to defer your graduation date for the current semester.

Oct. 8, 2019: Deadline for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF).

Oct. 8, 2019: Deadline for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF). Please note: You must submit the form three weeks before the proposed defense date. You must submit a paper copy of your dissertation along with the form.

Oct. 29, 2019: Results of oral defense due. Your faculty director must submit results within three days of your defense, and on or before this deadline. Bring the results of oral defense form (PDF) to the Graduate School or fax it to 815-753-6366.

Nov. 1, 2019: Post-defense version of your thesis or dissertation due to the Graduate School for review. Submit your work online through ProQuest ETD Administrator.

Nov. 22, 2019: Deadline for master's students to submit comprehensive exam results. Download the examination report form (PDF).

Dec. 14, 2019: Commencement ceremony.


May 2020 Graduation

July 10, 2019: Application for degree available on MyNIU.

Feb. 14, 2020: Application for degree due. A graduation fee will be charged to your account when you submit your application.

March 10, 2020: Deadline to defer your graduation date for the current semester.

March 10, 2020: Deadline for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF).

March 10, 2020: Deadline for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF). Please note: You must submit the form three weeks before the proposed defense date. You must submit a paper copy of your dissertation along with the form.

March 31, 2020: Results of oral defense due. Your faculty director must submit results within three days of your defense, and on or before this deadline. Bring the results of oral defense form (PDF) to the Graduate School or fax it to 815-753-6366.

April 3, 2020: Post-defense version of your thesis or dissertation due to the Graduate School for review. Submit your work online through ProQuest ETD Administrator.

May 1, 2020: Deadline for master's students to submit comprehensive exam results. Download the examination report form (PDF).

May 8, 2020: Commencement ceremony.


August 2020 Graduation

Nov. 1, 2019: Application for degree available on MyNIU.

June 5, 2020: Application for degree due. A graduation fee will be charged to your account when you submit your application.

June 9, 2020: Deadline to defer your graduation date for the current semester.

June 9, 2020: Deadline for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF).

June 9, 2020: Deadline for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF). Please note: You must submit the form three weeks before the proposed defense date. You must submit a paper copy of your dissertation along with the form.

June 30, 2020: Results of oral defense due. Your faculty director must submit results within three days of your defense, and on or before this deadline. Bring the results of oral defense form (PDF) to the Graduate School or fax it to 815-753-6366.

July 3, 2020: Post-defense version of your thesis or dissertation due to the Graduate School for review. Submit your work online through ProQuest ETD Administrator.

July 31, 2020: Deadline for master's students to submit comprehensive exam results. Download the examination report form (PDF).

There is no commencement ceremony in August.

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