Graduation

Graduation

  1. Schedule your dissertation defense date by emailing Roseann Bills marshro3@msu.edu early on in the semester to reserve the conference room and publicize your defense. All defenses are public and anyone is welcome to attend. You must be enrolled the semester you defend, no exceptions.
  2. As soon as you know when you are planning on defending Apply to Graduate. You do this through the Registrar's Office website. Even if you are not 100% sure you will not graduate, apply anyways.
  3. Review your GradPlan Progress and make sure you have taken all the classes you have said you would take. Everything should be filled out except for the dissertation defense date (the Graduate Secretary will input that) and your official title for your dissertation. You are not able to fill in the dissertation title until the defense date has been put in.  This is the title that will appear on all records, so make sure it is correct and matches your dissertation!
  4. Once you defend and pass your defense, you need to submit your dissertation to the Graduate School. Look at the Instructions for Electronic Submission (pay close attention to #2) and also look at the deadlines for submission. Those dates are for final approval, if you submit your paper that day it will not be approved and you will not graduate that semester. You'll want to submit your paper at least 2 weeks prior to your given semester's deadline.
  5. Resolve any outstanding bills that might hold up your transcript or diploma.
  6. Commencement- this is not the same as graduating. For more information about commencement, go to https://commencement.msu.edu/. There is no summer commencement, students graduating in the summer usually walk in the previous spring.

Any questions about graduation or dissertation defenses can be directed to Roseann Bills marshro3@msu.edu