Graduate School

Graduation Deadlines and Process

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How to apply for graduation

You must complete all courses prior to graduation, including any outstanding temporary grades. If you do not complete the requirements of your degree as anticipated, it is your responsibility to submit a follow-up application during the filing period for the next appropriate graduation date. Late applications will be considered for the next graduation date.

Your diploma is mailed approximately six weeks after conferral of your degree to the local address on file in the Office of the Registrar. It is your responsibility to notify the Office of the Registrar of a change of address.

The graduation application is available online only. To submit the online graduation application and payment:

  1. Go into WINGS Express
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Once there, select Registration and Records.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select Apply for Graduation.

How to postpone your graduation to another semester

If you are reapplying to graduate with the same degree, you must contact the Graduate School at before you can apply for graduation again. We will then authorize you to submit a follow-up graduation application and another $35 fee through WINGS Express by following the previous steps. 


Graduation Application Deadlines

Anticipated Graduation Semester Application Deadline
Fall 2019 (Fall Semester) September 6, 2019
Spring 2020 (Spring Semester) January 24, 2020
Summer 2020 (Summer Semester) May 22, 2020

Thesis and Dissertation Due Dates

Graduation Month Thesis and Dissertation Defense Deadline Final Copy (and Signed Approval Pages) Due Date*
December 2019 (Fall Semester) December 13, 2019 January 13, 2020
May 2020 (Spring Semester) May 1, 2020 June 1, 2020
July 2020 (Summer Semester) July 30, 2020 August 31, 2020

*Final Thesis/Dissertations must be submitted to OhioLink in PDF format.