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Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

The Graduate School has strict guidelines for formatting your thesis or dissertation document. Be sure to follow all formatting requirements or you will have to make changes and resubmit. 

Fall 2022 Deadlines & Commencement

October 10: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
September 19: Graduation Application Deadline
November 1: 
Defense Deadline
November 15: 
Final Submission Deadline 
December 12: Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Colonial Life Arena 
December 12:
 Doctoral Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Koger Center 

Spring 2023 Deadlines & Commencement

March 1: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
March 10: Graduation Application Deadline
March 21: Defense Deadline
April 4:
Final Submission Deadline 
May 5:
Commencement, 3 p.m., Colonial Life Arena 
May 6: Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Colonial Life Arena 
May 6:
Doctoral Commencement, 1 p.m., Koger Center 
May 6:
 Commencement, 3 p.m., Colonial Life Arena 

Summer 2023 Deadlines

July 6: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
July 14: Defense Deadline
July 18:
Graduation Application Deadline
July 24: 
Final Submission Deadline 
August 15: Summer Graduation (No Commencement Ceremony)

Try to submit your thesis or dissertation document early. 
That way, you'll have more time to make any necessary formatting changes. 

Preparing Your Document

We require consistency in form and appearance for all thesis and dissertation documents. Be sure to follow all formatting guidelines so you can avoid having to make changes and resubmit your document.

Formatting Guide

Every thesis and dissertation must conform to the requirements in this guide to be accepted. If your thesis or dissertation document is not accepted on the first try, you will be required to make the necessary changes and resubmit.


Formatting Templates

Recorded Workshops

Thesis & Dissertation MS Word Template Workshop 
This workshop will feature tips and formatting requirements specific to Word, and you will hear a representative from the University Writing Center share information on writing resources available to you.

Thesis & Dissertation MS Word Template Workshop | Recorded February 9, 2022

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.