Semester of GraduationTarget Date for Preliminary Review of format (before defense)Target Date for submissions (after defense)Target Date to upload to ProQuest
(after format approval)
Fall 2021November 24, 2021 (Wednesday)
December 3, 2021 (Friday)
December 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
Spring 2022April 13, 2022 (Wednesday)
April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
May 2, 2022 (Monday)
Summer 2022July 15, 2022 (Friday)July 22, 2022 (Friday)August 3, 2022 (Wednesday)

Students are strongly encouraged to submit defended manuscripts well before the target date to ensure that any issues may be resolved by the end of the semester. Any manuscripts submitted after the target date will be processed based on capacity of the Thesis Office and are not guaranteed to be processed for graduation that semester.

Students can expect an initial review of their manuscript within 2 business days after a majority of approval signatures from the student’s committee and department chair have been received through OnBase. It is the student’s responsibility to track the signatures from their committee and the chair of their department to ensure a timely review of their manuscript. The thesis editors are unable to process manuscripts before a majority of approval signatures have been received.

Factors that can delay manuscript clearance include the following:

  • Unavailability of the student to participate in the ongoing editing process
  • Major formatting errors (see the Handbook: incorrect margins, inconsistent spacing, incorrect figure/table placement, etc.)
  • Major problems with grammar, spelling, etc. (please run your manuscript through Grammarly)
  • Manuscripts that have not been approved by the supervisory committee and department chair

Manuscripts submitted on the target date but that have any of these problems may require substantial rework by the student which may preclude graduation in the desired semester. Please take these factors into account when planning defense and graduation dates.

Expediting Your Manuscript

Using a minimal formatting template can help you create your manuscript and get it approved faster. Please see expediting your manuscript for details.

Expediting Your Manuscript