Deadlines are based on intended final term of enrollment.
This document serves to provide deadlines and requirements related to degree certification. This information is intended to assist students in the completion and/or submission of required documentation to Rackham in preparation for degree conferral by the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
All requirements must be complete, final, and approved by Rackham, no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on the deadline day.
Intended Final Term of Enrollment
- A doctoral student must be enrolled for eight hours of candidacy during the full term in which s/he defends. It is expected that the defense will occur prior to the last day of classes for the intended final term of enrollment.
- Degrees are conferred by the University of Michigan board of Regents three times a year. You may participate in commencement on or after the conferral date when all requirements have been completed.
- This is a firm deadline and extensions will not be considered. The majority of students require a minimum of two weeks to make revisions and complete all requirements.
- This is a firm deadline and extensions will not be considered. The majority of students require a minimum of two weeks to make revisions and complete all requirements. Additional term(s) of registration will be necessary if requirements are not met by this date.