Graduation Deadlines

August 2022 Graduation

Nov. 3, 2021: Application for degree/graduation available on MyNIU.

June 3, 2022: Application for degree/graduation due. A graduation fee will be charged to your account when you submit your application.

June 7, 2022: Deadline to defer your graduation date for the current semester.

June 7, 2022: Deadline for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF). The department should email gradsch@niu.edu.

June 7, 2022: Deadline for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF). Please note: You must submit the form three weeks before the proposed defense date. You must submit an electronic copy of your dissertation along with the form. Email to gradsch@niu.edu.

June 28, 2022: Results of oral defense form (PDF) due. Your faculty director must email results to gradsch@niu.edu within three days of your defense, and on or before this deadline.

July 1, 2022: Post-defense version of your thesis or dissertation due to the Graduate School for review. Submit your work online through ProQuest ETD Administrator.

August 5, 2022: Deadline for comprehensive exam results. 

December 2022 Graduation

August 22, 2022:  Fall term begins

September 5, 2022: Labor Day (university closed)

September 13, 2022:  Last day to make up a grade of Incomplete from the spring 2022 session

September 15, 2022: Application for fall 2022 degree due.

September 19, 2022:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for first half sessions

October 4, 2022: Last day to defer your graduation date for the current semester

October 4, 2022: Last day for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF)

October 4, 2022: Last day for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF)

October 17, 2022:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for full sessions

October 25, 2022: Last day to submit results of oral defense form (PDF)

October 28, 2022: Last day to submit post-defense version of thesis/dissertation. Submit work through ProQuest ETD Administrator

November 14, 2022:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for second half sessions

 November 15, 2022:  Certificate of Graduate Studies completed form due

December 2, 2022: Last day to submit comprehensive exam results (master's students) examination report form (PDF)

December 7, 2022:  Last day to make up a grade of Incomplete from the summer 2022 session

December 10, 2022:  Fall term ends

May 2023 Graduation

January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (university closed)

January 17, 2023:  Spring term begins

February 14, 2023: Application for spring 2023 degree due.

February 14, 2023:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for first half sessions

March 7, 2023: Last day to defer your graduation date for the current semester

March 7, 2023: Last day for thesis students to submit request for oral defense of thesis (PDF)

March 7, 2023: Last day for doctoral students to submit request for oral defense of dissertation (PDF)

March 14, 2023:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for full sessions

March 15, 2023:  Certificate of Graduate Studies completed form due

March 28, 2023: Last day to submit results of oral defense form (PDF)

March 31, 2023: Last day to submit post-defense version of thesis/dissertation. Submit work through ProQuest ETD Administrator

April 12, 2023:  Last day to make up a grade of Incomplete from the fall 2022 session

April 17, 2023:  Last day to change a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit for second half sessions

May 5, 2023: Last day to submit comprehensive exam results (master's students) examination report form (PDF)

May 12, 2023:  Spring term ends

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