Steps to Graduation

Follow the steps below to fulfill requirements prior to graduation. Remember to always follow the specific deadlines found on the OGAPS calendar. Note: You must maintain continuous registration until all degree requirements have been met.

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Follow the required steps and procedures mentioned in Steps to fulfill Master's Degree Requirements or Steps to Fulfill Doctoral Degree Requirements and Steps to Fulfill Preliminary Exam Requirements.


Apply for a degree online at the Howdy portal; pay graduation fee.

During the first week of final semester; see OGAPS calendar.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS


Officially schedule final examination or file the formal request for exemption from final exam.

Must be received by OGAPS at least 10 working days before exam date. (See OGAPS calendar for deadlines.)

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS


If required, upload approved PDF file of your completed thesis and submit signed approval page to Thesis and Dissertation Services.

See OGAPS calendar for deadlines.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS


Graduation; arrange for cap and gown.