Commencement

Graduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement
Navigate the Graduation Process
Graduate Commencement

Preparing for Graduation

There are many important deadlines and milestones that students should be aware of as they progress through their academic career. This webpage is designed to provide graduate students with this important information to keep you on track with your plans for earning your graduate degree and help you navigate the graduation process.

Students should check with their program adviser for information on the important milestones associated with their Plan of study and degree requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog and your Program Handbook for this program-specific information.

Some Questions to Ask

  • What is involved in passing into candidacy?
  • What are the expectations of my program for a thesis or dissertation?
  • How do I form my thesis or dissertation advisory committee?
  • How and when should I schedule my thesis or dissertation defense?
  • What if my committee members change?
  • What steps are necessary to announce my thesis or dissertation defense?
  • What happens after I successfully defend?

Steps to Graduation for Doctoral Students

  1. Complete your Plan of Study (including all needed petitions, course substitutions, and transfer work) and submit them to the College of Graduate Studies for review and approval by the end of the third major term of enrollment (based on full-time enrollment). This form must be on file prior to the change to candidacy status.
  2. Complete required and elective coursework.
  3. Pass the candidacy exam.
  4. Form your dissertation advisory committee. Complete the Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form and submit it to the College of Graduate Studies for review and approval.
  5. Enroll in required dissertation hours by the semester deadline.
  6. File your online intent to graduate at myUCF.  Please ensure that your Diploma Mailing Address is correct.
  7. Students completing a dissertation should reference the Thesis and Dissertation page.
  8. Schedule your dissertation defense with your committee and announce the defense through your program.
  9. Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form with your dissertation title, defense date, and dissemination option at myUCF Student Center > Graduate Students > Choose Graduate Student forms.
  10. Submit your dissertation PDF to the College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation office via the Thesis and Dissertation Services site for initial format review by the format review deadline.
  11. Submit the final Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form confirming your committee to the College of Graduate Studies for review and approval no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of your defense.
  12. Have your committee chair complete the Review for Original Work (through iThenticate.com).
  13. Review the Defense Approval Form page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site, ensure your Release Option information appears on the form and all other information appears correctly, then print the form for your defense.
  14. Successfully complete defense of your dissertation.
  15. Pass format review by the College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation office in order to receive permission to upload your final document by the final deadline. Most students require 2-3 submissions for format review before their dissertation PDF passes the format review requirements.
  16. Upload your final approved dissertation to the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.
  17. Submit your Defense Approval Form to the College of Graduate Studies.
  18. Graduate!

Steps to Graduation for Master’s Students

  1. Complete your Plan of Study (including all needed petitions, course substitutions, and transfer work) and submit to College of Graduate Studies for review and approval.
  2. Complete required and elective coursework
  3. Form your thesis advisory committee. Complete the Thesis Advisory Committee Form and submit it to the College of Graduate Studies for review and approval.
  4. Enroll in required thesis hours by the semester deadline.
  5. File your online intent to graduate at myUCF.  Please ensure that your Diploma Mailing Address is correct.
  6. Students completing a thesis should reference the Thesis and Dissertation page.
  7. Schedule your thesis defense with your committee and announce the defense through your program.
  8. Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form with your thesis title, defense date, and dissemination option at myUCF Student Center > Graduate Students > Choose Graduate Student forms.
  9. Submit your thesis PDF to the College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation office via the Thesis and Dissertation Services site for initial format review by the format review deadline.
  10. Submit the final Thesis Advisory Committee Form confirming your committee to the College of Graduate Studies for review and approval no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of your defense.
  11. Have your committee chair complete the Review for Original Work (through iThenticate.com).
  12. Review the Defense Approval Form page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site, ensure your Release Option information appears on the form and all other information appears correctly, then print the form for your defense.
  13. Successfully complete defense of your thesis.
  14. Pass format review by the College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation office in order to receive permission to upload your final document by the final deadline. Most students require 2-3 submissions for format review before their dissertation PDF passes the format review requirements.
  15. Upload your final approved thesis to the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.
  16. Submit your Defense Approval Form to the College of Graduate Studies.
  17. Graduate!

Filing Your Intent to Graduate

The ability to file online opens at mid-term of the semester prior to the semester of graduation. Intents to graduate should be filed online no later than the last day of registration for the semester of graduation.

Below are the steps for indicating your intent to graduate.

Intent to Graduate for Master’s, Specialists, and Doctoral Students

Graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation and who are graduating within the next three semesters should visit the Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) section of this website for an overview of requirements.

Intent to Graduate for Graduate Certificate Students