Progress towards Degree - Steps to Graduation
This page is designed to guide students through the appropriate steps to graduation. Students should use one of the following timelines:
Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to read the comprehensive examination and post-comprehensive examination enrollment requirements carefully. Information about these requirements is provided in the timelines above and in the Graduate Catalog
Students are encouraged to talk to their departmental assistant in advance whenever they are ready to complete a milestone in their graduate career.
Students should refer to KU’s Office of Graduate Studies’ instructions for thesis and dissertation formatting and submission requirements: Thesis & Dissertation Instructions. Note that the Office of Graduate Studies houses the official formatting requirements for theses and dissertations. Although students may find the general content layout of previous theses or dissertations helpful, students should not use the formatting from an old thesis or dissertation, as formatting instructions may change from year to year. This office also maintains a Graduate Academic Calendar of deadlines and dates for submission of graduation materials each semester. This calendar is located under "Students" > "Resources" on the Graduate Studies' Website.
The School hosts a Recognition Ceremony in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Fall ceremony generally takes place in mid-December, in the Crafton-Pryer Theatre in Murphy Hall. The Spring ceremony is normally the weekend after Stop Day in May, in the Allen Fieldhouse. Students will be invited to attend the ceremony in the semester in which they graduate. Summer graduates may attend either ceremony. Students must RSVP at least one month in advance in order to attend ceremony.
The University hosts a Commencement Ceremony in the Spring semester. All students who have graduated in that class (which includes Summer, Fall, and Spring graduates) are invited to attend the University’s formal ceremony, which normally takes place the Sunday after Stop Day in the Spring semester. More information can be found at http://www.commencement.ku.edu/. Doctoral students are also invited to attend the annual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony in the spring. More information can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
Students may contact Research and Graduate Program staff with any questions about graduation requirements: