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Doctoral Degree Deadlines

The deadlines in this video are only examples and are not current.

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.

Doctoral Degree Deadlines
Doctoral Defense Term (expected term of final enrollment) Deadline All Requirements Must Be Completed to Receive Degree for Degree Conferral Date Degree Conferral Date Commencement Eligibility Name Will Appear in Commencement Booklet
Spring/Summer 2020 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 *New date due to COVID-19 accommodation. August 21, 2020
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2020 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2020 (Grace Period) Monday, September 21, 2020 December 20, 2020
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2020 Winter Commencement
Fall 2020 Friday, November 20, 2020 December 20, 2020
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2020 Winter Commencement
Fall 2020 (Grace Period) Monday, February 8, 2021 April 30, 2021
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2021 Friday, April 2, 2021 April 30, 2021
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2021 (Grace Period) Tuesday, August 17, 2021 August 20, 2021
  • December 2021 Winter Commencement
  • May 2022 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2022 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2021 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2021 Tuesday, August 17, 2021 August 20, 2021
  • December 2021 Winter Commencement
  • May 2022 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2022 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2021 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2021 (Grace Period) Monday, September 20, 2021 December 19, 2021
  • December 2021 Winter Commencement
  • May 2022 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2022 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2021 Winter Commencement

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