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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.

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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.

Applying 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.

Submitting Theses and Dissertations

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.

Required Forms for Graduation

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.

Graduation Verification and Commencement

Students who need proof of graduation for prospective employers or sponsored program administrators before receiving their diploma can request a letter by e-mailing graduate-admissions@iup.edu.

Students planning to attend commencement ceremonies must RSVP online through URSA. Please follow the instructions at the IUP Commencement website.

Change of Plans?

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.

Thesis-Dissertation Manual

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, grad-research@iup.edu, phone 724-357-2224, fax 724-357-2715.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
  • Fax: 724-357-4862
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.