Graduation Checklist

Planning to graduate soon? If so, please review and following the steps below:

1. Go to DukeHub and complete the “apply to graduate” process by the deadline listed in the link contained in # 7 below.

2. Get your advisor to submit a note to Graduate Program in Religion office indicating:

  • Your advisor has read your dissertation
  • The dissertation is complete and ready for defense

3. Notify GPR office of your intention to graduate and date and time for defense
    The program coordinator will:

  • Book a room for your defense
  • Write a defense announcement for you and send to the Graduate School
  • Verify that your paperwork is in order

4. Fill out your committee approval form

  • Start several months before defense
  • A Ph.D. committee should have 4 to 6 people
    • 3 committee members should be from the department
    • 1 committee member should be from a minor area
  • A majority of committee members must be physically present (and others may attend remotely)
  • Prior permission must be obtained for remote participation of committee member

5. Initial electronic submission due to The Graduate School at least 2 weeks before defense, and professors should be given at least 3 weeks to read the dissertation before the defense.

6. If you thought you were graduating in a previous semester and you didn’t, you’ll need to re-apply for graduation. The form does NOT carry over.

7. Refer to Graduate School graduation deadlines for all dates pertaining to graduation.