There’s more to preparing for graduation than the final defense of your thesis or dissertation. Be aware of the deadlines, submission guidelines, and required forms for graduation.
Know the deadlines for submitting your research topic approval form, applying for graduation, and final submission of your thesis or dissertation. Missing one of these deadlines will impact your plans for graduation.
All students must apply for graduation in URSA. Be sure to consult the deadlines for application to ensure your graduation plans are not adversely affected.
See How to Apply for Graduation (Graduate Students) for step-by-step instructions describing the application process.
All graduate students must submit their work for review by the appropriate deadline prior to electronic submission of the final document. See Preparing and Submitting Theses and Dissertations for instructions.
In addition to submitting their theses/dissertations, graduate students are required to submit several forms to complete the graduation process. Graduation Verification Letter request forms are available to send to prospective employers or sponsor program administrators.
All forms must be completed and submitted to the Thesis-Dissertation Office by the thesis/dissertation submission deadline.
Students who need proof of graduation for prospective employers or sponsored program administrators before receiving their diploma can request a letter by e-mailing email@example.com.
Students planning to attend commencement ceremonies must RSVP online through URSA. Please follow the instructions at the IUP Commencement website.
If your plans change after applying for graduation, complete the Changes to the Online Graduation Application Form and submit it the Graduate Admissions Office, 101 Stright Hall.
Deadlines, sample pages, and submission guidelines are also included in the Thesis-Dissertation Manual.
Please direct questions regarding preparations for graduation to the Thesis-Dissertation Office, 120 Stright Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 724-357-2224, fax 724-357-2715.
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