Fifth Year

Overview

Fifth year includes a lot of forms with specific deadlines, depending on when you intend to graduate.  Below, you’ll find an abbreviated version of the Graduate School’s Steps to Graduation, but check the page for exact deadlines as they change yearly. You can also access the guidelines for formatting the dissertation and forms for graduation below.

Graduation Policy

The university has three End-of-Term graduation dates in May, August, and December. However, effective in 2017, the Office of the University Registrar created a new policy  allowing students to graduate intra-term or to have their degree posted during the middle of the semester. Check the Graduate School website for specifics for applying for an intra-term date.

Intra-Term Graduation Dates:
January 31
February 28(9)
March 31
May 31
June 30
August 31
September 30
October 31

The university only holds one commencement ceremony in May, however. You can access future commencement dates here.

Forms and Steps to Dissertation Defense

STEP DEADLINE APPROVALS
Prepare dissertation according to Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines.
Submit intent to graduate.

(Form on Grad School Page)

(Exact Dates Change Yearly)

December graduate: October

May graduate: February

August graduate: June

DGS
Submit completed dissertation to Ph.D. committee. At least two weeks prior to defense Committee members

 

Request to schedule dissertation defense.

(Take copy of title page and  abstract  to defense to get signatures.)

At least two weeks prior to defense

 

DGS
Schedule an appointment to review dissertation format . Prior to uploading on ETD site

 

Liz Leis
liz.leis@vanderbilt.edu
or
Linda Harris
linda.harris@vanderbilt.edu
Submit dissertation defense results to the Graduate School. As soon as possible following defense. DGS
Make final content revisions to dissertation, as requested by the committee. Prior to uploading on ETD site

 

Committee and/or Chair
Submit signed title page and abstract, along with all other required documents, forms, and fees to the Graduate School. (Exact Dates Change Yearly)

December graduate: November

May graduate: March

August graduate: July

Committee Chair

 

Upload final dissertation to ETD site (Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

SPECIAL NOTE RE: FINAL COPY OF THESIS AND DISSERTATION: When a thesis or dissertation is approved by committee members, and the format has been reviewed by the Graduate School, this becomes the “final copy.” After it has been uploaded to the ETD website and approved, changes cannot be made to this document.

(Exact Dates Change Yearly)

December graduate: November

May graduate: March

August graduate: July

 

Liz Leis
liz.leis@vanderbilt.edu
or
Linda Harris
linda.harris@vanderbilt.edu

 

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