Skip to main content
 

Graduating Students

Graduation Instructions & Deadlines for Liberal Arts Graduate Students Only

* NOTE: Undergraduate students must contact their advisor for graduation application

Directions for Completion of Graduation Requirements and Submission of Doctoral Dissertation and Master's Thesis

  1. At the end of the semester before you plan to graduate or the BEGINNING of the semester you expect to graduate review degree requirements with graduate advisor. Check your total credit hours and language requirements to be sure you meet/will meet all requirements. If you are a 4+1 graduate student be sure you have submitted the Transfer/Designation of Credit Form for the graduate classes you took as an undergraduate that should count toward credit for your graduate degree.

  2. Complete and submit the on-line Application for Degree found on your Student Tab in GIBSON by the appropriate semester deadline. See Deadlines and Forms Required for Graduation sections below. You will not be able to submit the application earlier than one term before the semester you plan to graduate. It is strongly suggested that you wait until the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate AND if you will be defending a thesis or dissertation, you have scheduled a defense date BEFORE you submit the Application for Degree. The actual defense might be after submission of the Application for Degree but you should have scheduled a date prior to submission to ensure the final dissertation/thesis is ready for submission by the final deadline.

  3. PhD and Master’s students participating in the Spring (May) Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony ONLY must also complete the Graduate Commencement Participation Form. Please wait to submit this form until you know if you will be attending the ceremony. See Forms Required for Graduation section below.

For ALL PhD candidates and MA/MFA candidates submitting a Dissertation/Thesis:

  1. Complete dissertation/thesis per program requirements and Guidelines for Preparing Theses and Dissertations.

  2. Set dissertation/thesis defense date with committee. Allow ample time to defend dissertation/thesis and complete necessary revisions before the submission deadline. Defense via Zoom/ Skype is allowed.

  3. Upon successful defense, have your committee complete and sign the Final Examination/Oral Defense Form. You cannot be certified for degree without this form so be sure to remind your committee to sign this form immediately after defense and send to me / SLA Graduate Programs office immediately after obtaining all signatures. You may want to bring a digital or paper copy of this form to your defense.

  4. Complete any corrections to the dissertation/thesis as required by your committee.

  5. Submit the FINAL dissertation/thesis to:

    1. Electronic copy with student and all committee signatures on cover sheet to ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing
    2. Electronic copy with student and all committee signatures on cover sheet to the Tulane Library Digital Repository for official publishing.

    Submission to both sites by the deadline is REQUIRED for graduation. There is no fee for traditional publishing submissions to either site.

    1. Submit one single-sided, unbound hard copy of dissertation/thesis to the SLA Graduate Programs Office. This hard copy should be on 20 lb., 100% cotton, white, untextured, acid-free paper with original signed committee cover sheet and abstract (An abstract is not required for master’s thesis). Make sure the left margin is 1 ½” and all others are 1”. This copy will become the copy of record in the Tulane library system.
  6. PhD students complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates electronically.
    SED Information Site
    SED Student Information Brochure

When Graduate Degrees and Diplomas are Awarded

Graduate degrees and diplomas are awarded three (3) times per year:

  1. May (Spring)
    • Graduate Programs Recognition and Hooding Ceremony (tentative)
      Friday, May 21, 2021 9:00am, McAlister Auditorium - Uptown Campus
    • Unified Ceremony, TBD
      Saturday, May 22, 2021
  2. August (Summer)
    • No ceremony
    • Degree Awarded: August 15, of each year
  3. December (Fall)
    • No ceremony
    • Degree Awarded: December 15, of each year

If you graduate in fall or summer, you may participate in the graduate programs recognition/hooding ceremony and/or the unified commencement the following spring.

Fall Graduation Deadlines

  • October 28, 2020 - Last day to submit the on-line Application for Degree located on your Student Tab in Gibson.
  • November 30, 2020 - Last day to submit dissertations or theses in final form.
  • November 30, 2020 - Payment of All Fees Due to university.
  • December 15, 2020 - Degrees Conferred

Spring Graduation Deadlines

  • April 2, 2021 - Last day to submit the on-line Application for Degree located on your Student Tab in Gibson.
  • May 4, 2021 - Last day to submit dissertations or theses in final form.
  • May 4, 2021 - Payment of All Fees Due.
  • May 21, 2021 - Hooding Ceremony - McAlister Auditorium
  • May 22, 2021 - Unified Commencement

Summer Graduation Deadlines

  • July 7, 2021 - Last day to submit the on-line Application for Degree located on your Student Tab in Gibson.
  • August 2, 2021 - Last day to submit dissertations or theses in final form.
  • August 2, 2021 Payment of All Fees Due.
  • August 15, 2021 - Degrees conferred.

Diploma Distribution

The Registrar’s Office distributes diplomas by mail. For spring graduates, the official diploma will NOT be presented to you at the Hooding and Recognition Ceremony, the ceremony at which your name is called and you walk across the stage because your degree will not be officially conferred until the following day at the Unified ceremony. ALL diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on the on-line application 4-6 weeks after the degree conferral date. Please be sure this address is accurate and is an address at which either you or someone you know will be living when the diploma arrives. You can update the diploma mailing address on the online graduation application BEFORE the first day of exams for the semester. If you need to update the diploma mailing address after this date or have a problem updating the Diploma Mailing Address contact the Registrar’s Office. You should also contact the Registrar’s Office directly if you do not receive your diploma within 6 weeks of the degree conferral date.

Forms Required for Graduation - Liberal Arts Graduate Students Only

ALL students who wish to graduate must complete an application for degree. Applications for degree must be filed for the current term. Applications filed in previous terms are not valid. (Should you not graduate when expected, it is your responsibility to complete another degree application.)

Students earning a Master's Degree must complete the following forms:

Students earning a Ph.D. are required to complete the following forms:

Thesis/Dissertation Submission Required for Graduation

Understandably, submitting a thesis or dissertation can be the most challenging and stressful part of completing one's degree requirements. Students should allow themselves ample time to defend their theses/dissertations and complete any necessary revisions before the submission deadline posted by the School of Liberal Arts. Theses/Dissertations have to be in a specific format. Formatting instructions can be found in the Guidelines for Preparing Theses and Dissertations. Theses/Dissertations are not accepted after the submission deadline.

An electronic copy (pdf) of thesis/dissertation with the committee signatures on the cover sheet must be submitted to ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing AND to the Tulane Library Digital Repository for official publishing. Submission to both sites is REQUIRED.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Tulane Digital Repository when your electronic submission is complete. Please include a hard copy of this email WITH the hard copy of your dissertation when it is submitted to the Graduate Programs Office.

Student must also submit one single-sided, unbound hard copy of thesis/dissertation on 20 lb., 100% cotton, white, untextured, acid-free paper with original signed committee cover sheet and abstract to the SLA Graduate Programs Office, Newcomb Hall, room 116. (An abstract is not required for masters thesis). Make sure the left margin is 1 ½” and all others are 1”. This copy will become the copy of record in the Tulane library system.

Thesis/Dissertation Publishing Fees

Tulane Library Digital Repository
There is no fee for digital upload of electronic copy to the Tulane Library Digital Repository.

ProQuest

Fees for Ph.D. Students:

  • Traditional Publishing – NO fee with digital upload
  • Open Access Publishing - $160.00 (optional)
  • Copyright Registration - $65.00 (optional)

Fees for Masters Students:

  • Traditional Publishing – NO fee with digital upload
  • Open Access Publishing - $150.00 (optional)
  • Copyright Registration - $65.00 (optional)

NOTE: Copyright registration is optional. By signing your thesis or dissertation on the cover page of the submitted document your intellectual property has basic copyright protection.

All fees are paid on the ProQuest electronic submission site. A credit, debit or pre-paid card is required for payment.