You should have a good rough draft of the thesis ready by the semester you plan on graduating. The graduation deadlines come up very quickly and there really is no time to write that final semester. You’ll be busy formatting your thesis and putting the finishing touches on your thesis essay.
Things to consider: you must have an approved Plan of Study on file the semester before (at least!) you plan on graduating.
Below is a list of graduation deadlines, be sure to check exact dates on Graduate Academic Calendar:
These procedures must be completed before the thesis is turned in.
All thesis deadlines must be discussed in consultation with your committee chair.
Check out the thesis formatting video tutorials online. These will help you format your thesis. Remember that you’ll need to check your thesis formatting with the Graduate College before turning it in - it’s also very important to have the signature page checked for formatting before you send it around for signatures. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a formatting check.
Follow all instructions on Degree Completion as described by the Graduate College. Also, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. For MFA students, we recommend writing in "indefinite embargo" on the ProQuest Publishing agreement under the "select publishing options" section.
The Registrar’s Office will send you an email with information on how to collect your graduation tickets. You must remember to RSVP as soon as possible - if you wait too long, tickets may run out. You can find more information from the Registrar’s Office.