Below are the deadlines for completing your degree requirements in time so that you can participate in the commencement ceremony, get your name printed in the commencement bulletin, and receive your diploma.

If you miss the exam and ETD-approval deadlines, the Graduate School will enroll you in one credit of Start-of-Semester Defense Exception and award your degree or certificate the following semester.

Summer graduates are welcome to participate in the fall commencement ceremony.

Master’s and EdS Students

Masters and EdS students do NOT receive diplomas during commencement; therefore, you are welcome to participate in the ceremony, even if your degree has not yet been awarded for this semester.

2017-18 Deadlines

Term Apply for Degree in HokieSPA Final Exam Submit ETD Degree Awarded
Fall Oct. 1
Dec. 20
Jan. 2
Feb. 2
Spring Mar. 1
May 9 May 23
Jun. 29
Summer I Jun. 1 Jun. 29
Jul. 13
Aug. 10
Summer II Aug. 1
Aug. 10
Aug. 24
Sept. 21

Ph.D. and Ed.D Students

Doctoral students receive diplomas during commencement; therefore, you must meet all requirements and have your degree officially awarded prior to the ceremony to participate.

2017-18 Deadlines for Participating in Commencement

Term Apply for Degree in HokieSPA Final Exam Submit ETD Degree Awarded
Fall Oct. 1 Nov. 2
Nov. 16 Dec. 14
Spring Mar. 1 Mar. 22 Apr. 6 May 2
Summer I Jun. 1 Jun. 29 Jul. 13 Aug. 10
Summer II Aug. 1 Aug. 11 Aug. 24 Sept. 21

 

2017-18 Deadlines If You Choose Not to Participate in Commencement

Term Apply for Degree in HokieSPA Final Exam Submit ETD Degree Awarded
Fall Oct. 1 Dec. 20 Jan. 2
Feb. 2
Spring Mar. 1 May 9 May 23 Jun. 29
Summer I Jun. 1 Jul 1 Jul. 13 Aug. 10
Summer II Aug. 1 Aug. 10 Aug. 24 Sep. 21

Graduate Certificate Students Not Earning a Degree

All certificate students are invited to participate in commencement.

2017-18 Deadlines

Term Apply for Certificate Conferral  Certificate Awarded
Fall Oct. 1 Feb. 3
Spring Mar. 1 Jun. 30
Summer I Jun. 1 Aug. 4
Summer II Aug. 1 Sep. 15

Participation in Commencement

All graduate degree candidates must confirm their plans to attend Commencement by May 1 for the spring ceremony and December 1 for the fall ceremony. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to the Graduate School at 540-231-8636.