Graduation Process: From Defense to Hooding

Defense to Hooding


Required Paperwork

In order to graduate, a student must submit several documents in addition to the thesis or dissertation. Individual schools and the College maintain their own graduation requirements, so they may expect documentation beyond what is listed here. Students must submit all paperwork directly to the graduate administrators in their school or College, so they should check with their administrators to ensure they meet all requirements and deadlines for graduation. Students should also review the university-wide graduate calendar and take note of applicable deadlines and events.

Materials to be Submitted:

  • Title page:
    • Formatting requirements, sample documents, and templates are available on the ETD Formatting page.
  • Acceptance Page:
    • Formatting requirements, sample documents, and templates are available on the ETD Formatting page.
  • ETD Release Form:
  • Survey Completion:
    • KU requires completion of the Doctoral Completion Survey and the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
    • You are not required to submit any documentation which reveals your answers, which are anonymous. However, the Survey of Earned Doctorates issues a certificate of completion which you should include when you submit your graduation paperwork.
    • More information about these surveys, and links to begin them, are available on the Doctoral Completion Survey page.

Electronic Submission

More information about submitting theses and dissertations electronically is available on the ETD Submitting page.


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