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Doctoral Degree Deadlines

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.

Deadlines

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

Winter 2016 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) August 19, 2016
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) May 23, 2016
Spring/Summer 2016 (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) August 19, 2016
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 3) August 5, 2016
Spring/Summer 2016 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) December 18, 2016
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) September 26, 2016
Fall 2016 (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) December 18, 2016
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 3) November 14, 2016
Fall 2016 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) April 28, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) January 24, 2017
Winter 2017 (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) April 28, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 3) April 4, 2017
Winter 2017 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) August 18, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) May 22, 2017
Spring/Summer 2017 (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) August 18, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 3) August 4, 2017
Spring/Summer 2017 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) December 17, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) September 25, 2017
Fall 2017 (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) December 17, 2017
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 3) November 13, 2017
Fall 2017 Grace Period (See Note 1) Degree Conferral Date (See Note 2) April 27, 2018
All Requirements Must be Completed (See Note 4) January 23, 2018

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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