College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Home
  • Graduation
  • Preparing to Graduate

Preparing to Graduate


Graduate students in the College have three opportunities each year—corresponding to Application for Graduation deadlines in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters—to apply for and receive their degree. Please see the CLAS Graduation Calendar for details and deadlines. The graduate division of each student's school/College is responsible for verifying degree requirements. This is the College Office of Gradaute Affairs for all College graduate programs and we are available to provide direct assistance to graduating students.

"My Graduation Checklist"

Beginning Spring 2022, students graduating with a PhD or a thesis option master's degree will submit documents and track the completion of their graduation requirements via their My Graduation Checklist site in Canvas. The "My Graduation Checklist" Canvas site. This site will be your online hub for all instructions and resources related to degree completion and graduation.

Your My Graduation Checklist Canvas site will be activated at one of these time, whichever comes first:

  •  On the 20th day of classes for students who have submitted an Applicatoin for Graduation via Enroll & Pay for that semester.
  • When your department submits your exam date and information for pre-approval

We strongly encourage students to submit an Application for Graduation prior to the 20th day of classes so that you can get access to the information and resources in your Graduation Checklist site as early as possible!  

You will receive an invitation to the site via email when it has been activated for you.  If you can't locate that email, you can simply Log in to Canvas and the site will be available as one of your current "courses".  

If your Graduation Checklist has not been activated yet, you can utilize COGA’s Student Degree Checklists, which provide a general overview or requirements, and CLAS Graduation Calendar as a guide to deadlines. There are separate checklists for Master's and Doctoral students.  

COGA will use your My Graduation Checklist to verify that all items on the are completed by the deadlineAny requirement not submitted or submitted after the deadline will cause graduation to be delayed.  In addition to a completed My Graduation Checklist, COGA verifies the following as part of the final degree certification after the deadline: 1) the resolution of any Incomplete, Missing or Waiting grades, 2) final GPA of 3.0 or above, 3) satisfactory completion of the final exam or defense, and 4) correct formatting of the thesis.


Non-Thesis Master's Students

Because the Canvas course is utlized primarily to submit and track required documents related to a thesis or dissertation, students who are doing an exam only or project based master's degree do not have a graduation checklist in Canvas.  See the Master's Graduation Checklist for a list of graduation requirements for non-thesis Master's students.


Related Forms and Information: