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Theses and Dissertations Guide: Graduation Deadlines

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Important Graduation Deadlines

The dates below are the final dates for accepting any new theses or dissertations for format review. 


Deadline for submittal for the May 4, 2024 Graduation is Friday, April 12, 2024 (new submittals will not be accepted after April 12).*


 *All papers should be submitted electronically to Graduate Academic Affairs at for a format check no later than April 12, 2024.

The submittal deadline for a written thesis draft for format review to Graduate Academic Affairs ( for May 4, 2024 graduation must be submitted on or before Friday, April 12, 2024. New submittals will not be accepted after April 12. The thesis or dissertation defense must be completed by Friday, April 19, 2024 In order for approvals to be completed prior to the graduation date of May 4. Any changes/additions required by the thesis or dissertation committee after the defense must be incorporated and a final version submitted not later than Friday, April 26, 2024.  Please note:  Preliminary format reviews can be done prior to the thesis/dissertation defense, and we strongly suggest this.

The thesis or dissertation once approved must be uploaded to OhioLINK before May 4 graduation.  

Theses & Dissertations Requiring Public Release Approval

The OhioLink ETD database is housed on servers beyond control of the University of Dayton. To avoid liability for inadvertently releasing information that has not been approved for public release, ETD's subject to U.S. Government (e.g., U.S. Air Force) public release review and approval may not be uploaded to the OhioLink ETD database until public release approval has been granted and documented. (Adding a letter of approval to the end of your ETD is sufficient.) Note that requesting a publication embargo is not sufficient to meet graduation requirements since the thesis must still have been uploaded. Also note that uploading your ETD is a mandatory step prior to graduation. If public release approval is delayed and you are unable to upload your ETD by the published deadline, you will not be allowed to graduate that term.


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