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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 DateDegree Conferral DateCommencement EligibilityName Will Appear in Commencement Booklet
Winter 2019 (Grace Period)Friday, May 24, 2019August 20, 2019
  • December 2019 Winter Commencement
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2019 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2019Thursday, August 1, 2019August 20, 2019
  • December 2019 Winter Commencement
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2019 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2019 (Grace Period)Monday, September 23, 2019December 15, 2019
  • December 2019 Winter Commencement
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2019 Winter Commencement
Fall 2019Friday, November 15, 2019December 15, 2019
  • December 2019 Winter Commencement
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2019 Winter Commencement
Fall 2019 (Grace Period)Tuesday, January 28, 2020May 1, 2020
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2020Friday. April 3, 2020May 1, 2020
  • May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2020 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
May 2020 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2020 (Grace Period)Tuesday, May 26, 2020August 21, 2020
  • December 2020 Winter Commencement
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2020 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2020July 31, 2020August 21, 2020
  • December 2020 Winter Commencement
  • 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, 2020December 20, 2020
  • December 2020 Winter Commencement
  • May 2021 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • May 2021 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2020 Winter Commencement

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