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Duke University Graduate School
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Durham, NC 27708 USA

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Apply to Graduate Process

Ph.D. and Master's students are required to complete the Apply to Graduate process in ACES for the semester in which they plan to graduate. There is no penalty if you Apply to Graduate and do not graduate during that semester. However, the form data does not carry over from one semester to the next, so you will be required to re-apply for the next graduation.


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Ph.D. and Master's Candidates writing a thesis: Before the Graduate School can release your examination certificate, you are required to submit a letter from your advisor stating that he/she has read your dissertation/thesis and it is complete and ready for defense, as well as a departmental defense announcement.

Non-Thesis Master's Candidates: A note from your advisor stating that you are ready to graduate must be submitted to the Graduate School office no later than the deadline for submission of the "Apply to Graduate" procedure in ACES.

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