Last chance to apply for fall 2009 graduation -- File now for Spring 2010 graduation !
Since I have to get fall graduation applications approved
and sent to the Registrar's office in two weeks, I want to make sure
yours is not overlooked ! If you think
you might graduate in fall 2009, and I haven't sent you an
email to confirm your application, please go online today and file your
graduation intent form using Patriot
Web, under the "Student Services"
section. You can always withdraw the graduation intent later on if you
find you will not graduate in the fall term after all. Spring 2010 graduation intents are to be filed on
Patriot Web by November 20, 2009. Only Doctoral students need to fill
out the additional paper graduation application, found on the Registrar's
A reminder that if you plan to graduate in the fall 2009
semester, be advised that the
deadline to submit final dissertation or thesis copies with signature
Fenwick Library is Friday December 11, before 5:00 p.m. The
last day to schedule your defense for fall graduation is Friday,
December 4. The Dean's office has said that students are not to
defense during the week the dissertation is due, since that time is
needed for any revisions, printing, and signature gathering.
Signatures from the Dept. Chair (acting Chair is Charles L. Bailey),
Associate Dean (Richard Diecchio) and College Dean (Vikas Chandhoke)
needed in addition to your committee members. Doctoral and thesis
follow the graduation requirements listed
on the library's
Biodefense PhD students copied on this email will follow the College of
Please send me your thesis or dissertation defense information at
weeks ahead of the scheduled defense date for the announcement to be
For theses and dissertations, the College of Science requires
four things above all:
1) Students must have a pre-defense with their committee members at
least 30 days prior to the scheduled public defense. Your committee
Chair verifies that it has been done with an email to the Dean. Think
of it as a practice run!
2) A format review with Sarah Patton in Fenwick Library is required.
It should be scheduled before you begin writing the
thesis. Visit http://thesis.gmu.edu for important information and
templates for signature sheets.
3) All committee members must be present at the public defense. No
teleconferencing is permitted.
4) The defense may be held at either Fairfax or Prince William campus
during day or evening hours when the university is open, but may not be
held when the university is closed for holidays or breaks.
If you plan on defending your dissertation or thesis this term, it
important that you schedule it now with your committee members --
Faculty schedules fill up quickly.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions about
degree and graduation requirements.
Diane St. Germain