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Steps to Graduation

 

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The Graduation Process

It generally begins the semester before you intend to graduate, as required forms are due very early the semester you will graduate. Consult the Academic Calendar and the Graduate School Calendar for detailed due dates.  

Students who are not in good academic standing may not take any graduate milestone exams. Milestone exams are defined by the Graduate School as the General Defense, Final Doctoral Defense, Master’s Thesis Defense, and the Master’s Non-Thesis Defense. This rule does not apply to departmental exams unless stipulated by the department.

NOTE: If you determine, during the course of the semester, that you will not meet the requirements for graduation, you must notify the graduate school immediately by filling out and submitting the Request to Delete Application for Degree form and the Request for Update forms (Masters or Doctoral). If additional assistance is needed, please email us.

The status of your submitted forms can be found by logging in to MyLSU and selecting “Graduate Milestones” under “Academic Services." A walk-through is available to help you navigate this section. 

What to Do When Approved By

Submit Request for Final Defense and Degree Audit to The Graduate School.

Note: It is advisable that you defend early enough in the semester in order to meet the posted semester’s approval deadline.

Enroll in Thesis hours or non-thesis courses (if required by department).

Must be received by The Graduate School at least 3 weeks before defense date, but no later than the posted deadline for the degree to be awarded for the current semester. (See The Graduate School calendar for deadlines.) First approved by Advisory Committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor before submission to The Graduate School.

Complete Application for Degree

Complete Final Defense and Degree Audit Report (If not already taken).

 

See the Graduate School calendar for deadlines.

 

Graduate Advisor and The Graduate School
Successfully complete Final Defense. Report of the Final Defense should be submitted to The Graduate School. (See the Graduate School calendar for deadlines.) The Graduate School
If thesis is required, upload approved PDF file to Digital Commons, and submit signed approval page to The Graduate School. See the Graduate School calendar for deadlines. Advisory committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor, and The Graduate School
Arrange for cap and gown.  At any time during the semester. Barnes & Noble at LSU Bookstore (Customer Service Area)

What to Do When Approved By

Submit request for Request for Final Defense advisable that you defend early enough in the semester in order to meet the posted semester’s approval deadline.

Enroll in Dissertation hours (minimum of 3 hours).

Must be received by The Graduate School at least 3 weeks before Final Defense date or by current semester deadline; (see The Graduate School calendar for deadlines). Advisory committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor, and The Graduate School

Complete Application for Degree Complete Request for Final Defense (If not already taken).

See The Graduate School calendar for deadlines. The Graduate School
Upload approved PDF file to Digital Commons. Submit signed approval sheet, Declaration of Co-authorship (if needed) and certificate of completion for Survey of Earned Doctorates to The Graduate School. See The Graduate School calendar for deadlines. Advisory committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor, and The Graduate School
Arrange for cap, gown and hood.  At any time during the semester. Barnes & Noble at LSU Bookstore (Customer Service Area)

What to Do When  Approved By
Contact departmental graduate advisor to plan course of study for first online term. Before first term registration. Graduate advisor
Establish an advisory committee. Following the deadline imposed by your department and approved no later than 3 weeks prior to the request of final exam; see The Graduate School Online calendars. Advisory Committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor and The Graduate School
If final exam is required, ensure that at least the minimum number of coursework hours has been met, along with all other degree requirements Required before final exam. Advisory Committee and Department Chair or Grad Advisor
Check to make sure advisory committee is up-to-date and course work is current (within the five-year time limit) and completed, or a minimum number of hours remaining Before submitting request to schedule Final Exam. (See Graduate catalog for information on course time limit). Advisory Committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor, and The Graduate School
Submit Request for Final Defense and Degree Audit to The Graduate School. Must be received by The Graduate School at least 3 weeks before exam date, but no later than the posted deadline for the degree to be awarded for the current term. (See The Graduate School Online calendar for deadlines.) Advisory Committee, Department Chair or Grad Advisor, and The Graduate School
For Degree Candidates: Complete Application for Degree Complete Final Defense and Degree Audit Report (If not already taken) See The Graduate School Online calendars for deadlines. The Graduate School
Successfully complete Final Defense. Report of the Final Defense should be submitted to The Graduate School. (See The Graduate School Online calendars for deadlines.) The Graduate School
Arrange for cap and gown.   Barnes & Noble at LSU Bookstore (Customer Service Area)

 One original copy, with all signatures, of the Graduate Certificate Application for Degree.

Commencement

Students are advised to consult LSU’s Commencement site, which live-streams the ceremony in addition to providing details for all graduation ceremonies.