Graduate School

Fall 2012 Graduation Deadlines


Please keep in mind that these are the Graduate School deadlines.

You must obtain signatures from your Advisor, Committee Members, and Graduate Program Director as indicated on the forms before submission to the Graduate School

Your academic unit may have internal deadlines you need to meet and other forms that need to be completed before your paperwork is forwarded to the Graduate School


Master’s Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's 





14 September 2012



M2 for Thesis

Program for Master’s Degree 

Application for Master’s Degree

Appointment of Thesis Committee

2 November 2012

M3 and one paper copy of thesis

Thesis in Essentially Final Form

16 November 2012


Last Day to Defend Thesis

14 December 2012
12:00 p.m.

M2CR  for thesis and final Approval of Thesis

Report of Thesis Defense
Advisor approval in
Paper copies for archiving option

14 December 2012
5:00 p.m.

M2CR for Exit Projects, Scholarly Papers and Comprehensive Exams




Educational Specialist Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's




14 September 2012


Program for Educational Specialist Degree

14 September 2012

Intent to Graduate Form

Submitted to College of Education

14 December 2012


Report of Scholarly Paper Completion


Doctoral Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's





14 September 2012


Names of Doctoral Candidates (submitted by Program)

26 October 2012

D6 and D9

Dissertation in Essentially Final Form and Electronic Copy of the Oral Defense Announcement

16 November 2012


Last Day to Defend Dissertation

26 November 2012


Report of Defense

14 December 2012
12:00 p.m.

D-8 (paper copies only)

Final Approval of the Dissertation by committee chair and submission of final copy (D8/paper, approval in /electronic)

Confirmation of Submission from UMI/Proquest

Completed Survey of Earned Doctorates (Ph.D. only)

All Delayed Grades for Doctoral Candidates




Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I get the forms?
All forms may be downloaded from our website.

How do I know if everything is O.K.? Your program director will be notified of your status periodically through the semester. You should be contacted if there are problems.

When is Graduation? Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday December 15. Both ceremonies will be on the UMSL campus.  Information about the ceremonies will be placed on the Commencement Web Page

How do I get a cap and gown? Caps, gowns, and master's hoods will be available at the University Bookstore during and after the Grad Fair. You will receive information concerning the fair about midpoint during the semester.  Information is also available on the commencement web page.

I won't be at commencement, how do I get my diploma? All diplomas are mailed to students 6 to 8 weeks after the ceremony regardless of participation.