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Graduation Deadlines

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Last updated February 7, 2022

Graduating in MAY '22


Graduating in SEPT. '22


Graduating in DEC. '22



February 1, 2022


June 14, 2022


October 15, 2022


Deadline to apply for graduation

Log into DukeHub and navigate to Academics. Scroll down to Program/Degree Selection and select it to open the application for graduation, which should include a list of degree programs for which you are eligible to apply.

If you applied to graduate in the previous term but did not graduate, you will need to apply again for the current term.

If you are completing a certificate program, you must apply to graduate for it separately in DukeHub.


March 16, 2022


July 5, 2022


November 14, 2022


Deadline for initial submission of electronic doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis

The initial submission must take place at least two weeks before your defense and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. Note: If you submit your initial dissertation/thesis on the deadline date, you cannot defend until 14 days after that.

Initial submission of the dissertation or thesis means that the document is complete. We will not check the format of an incomplete document.

  • After you submit your electronic dissertation/master’s thesis to ProQuest, you will receive an email from ProQuest informing you of any formatting problems and providing you a link to request an optional format check meeting with your assigned ETD administrator.
  • The letter from your adviser confirming that your dissertation is complete and ready to defend, as well as the departmental defense announcement, must be submitted before we can release your final examination certificate.

April 1, 2022


July 19, 2022


November 29, 2022


Final deadline to defend your dissertation or master's thesis

Final day to hold the Ph.D. dissertation or Master’s thesis defense to receive the degree.


April 15, 2022


August 2, 2022


December 12, 2022


Deadline for final submission of electronic dissertation or thesis

3:00 p.m.: All defended, completed PhD dissertations and master’s theses must be submitted to UMI/ProQuest.

5:00 p.m.: All PhD final exam cards and master’s final exam cards (both master’s with thesis and non-thesis master’s) must be submitted to The Graduate School.

Note: The departments for all students getting a non-thesis master’s degree (this includes the master’s on the way to the Ph.D.) must submit a Non-Thesis Master’s Examination Card, signed by their examining committee and the director of graduate studies, to The Graduate School by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.