Dear PhD students,

If you will be finishing up your degree requirements in the spring or summer 2014 semester, please file your graduation application on Patriot Web now. Information may be found on    If you have filed for graduation in a previous semester, you'll need to withdraw that application in order to re-file for spring or summer:  "withdraw graduation application".

Deadline to apply for spring 2014 graduation is February 21.


Please Note:  It is best to go ahead and apply for graduation if there is a chance you may finish up in the spring or summer term. It's easy to withdraw the application at a later date if you will not finish in time.


Contact the thesis & dissertation coordinator at Fenwick Library for a format review (  This is a required step for graduation.   Send them your draft early, do not wait until you have a final version. 


Arrange your pre-defense and public defense dates with your committee members now - again, do not wait since faculty schedules fill up quickly. The last date to hold a public dissertation defense for spring graduation will be April  25.


Follow the instructions in the time line for finishing up your dissertation in spring or summer, "Deadlines" at the bottom of the screen.


If you will finish in a future semester, plan ahead by using the websites above as a guide !


thank you,

Diane St. Germain


Diane St. Germain

Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs

Biology, Biosciences, Bioinformatics

George Mason University

10900 University Blvd., MS 5B3

Manassas, VA 20110

Phone (703) 993-4263, Fax (703) 993-8976