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Information for

PhD degree completion

Supervisors should reference the Information for supervisors regarding external examiners page as well as the information below when planning a PhD defence.

Program requirements

When you are looking to graduate you must ensure you have met all of the program requirements for your program. You can do this by reviewing the Graduate Studies Calendar

Recommended degree completion deadlines

When you are preparing your thesis for degree completion, you will want to review the dates below for your relevant term of completion to know the latest you can complete each step and still graduate before the deadline that is important to you. This could be the convocation deadline, or the 100% and 50% refund deadlines. 

Students who do not follow these recommended deadlines may not have their thesis approved by the GSO in time to meet the convocation or refund deadlines.  Pease also reference the blackout dates and holidays listed below. Defences are not permitted during holidays and blackout dates, and holidays do not count towards your thesis display period. 

Please note: Even if you do follow the defense set up deadlines, if your committee has major changes for you to complete, you may not meet these deadlines.