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Graduation

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In order to graduate from UCF, each student must file an "Intent to Graduate" application. This application includes the Intent to Graduate form and the UCF Exit Surveys. The application process is completed online via myUCF. For more information about graduation, review the frequently asked questions and answers.

Graduation

For more in-depth information about admissions, review the answers to frequently asked questions.


Graduation: Doctoral Degree

Where do I submit my Final Approval Form?

The final approval form can be found on the Thesis & Dissertation Services website. Once you have defended and your committee members have signed your final approval form, please bring your form to the Graduate Affairs Office (ED115). The Graduate Affairs Office will take care of acquiring the signatures on the 2nd half of the page and will submit your final approval form to the Graduate College.

PhD Students: Please have your Track Coordinator sign the top line of the 2nd half where it says Program Director.

How do I find out additional information about commencement?

Commencement.ucf.edu will provide you with detailed information regarding graduation including how to order your cap and gown, the schedule of ceremonies, and additional information on tickets. Doctoral Candidates may get reserved seating for their guests by taking their tickets to the Office of Constituent Relations. Details can be found at commencement.ucf.edu.

What if I am unable to defend by the deadline and need to push back graduation?

Contact the Graduate Affairs Office as soon as you know that you will not meet the dissertation defense deadline. We will then request that your Intent to Graduate be withdrawn. If you do not complete your thesis or dissertation during your expected graduation term, complete the release option form again in your final term.

How do I schedule my comprehensive exam?

Work directly with your faculty advisor and Program Coordinator to set up your comprehensive exam. Bring your Completion of Comp Exams form to your oral defense for signatures.

Attention Higher Education students: Please complete the Comp Exam Application posted on the program website: education.ucf.edu/highered.

How do I advance to Candidacy/Dissertation Hours?

Each program is slightly different. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator about two semesters prior to your first semester of Candidacy to allow plenty of time to understand and meet the requirements.

Note: All Doctoral students must complete the CITI Training prior to Candidacy.

PhD students: Submit your signed Completion of Comp Exams form to the Graduate Affairs Office. Please also submit your signed Committee/Candidacy form. It requires initials from each member who has agreed to serve, or an email (printed and attached to the form) from each member in lieu of initials.

C&I EdD students: You can only enter Candidacy upon successful completion of EDG 7985 and approval of your chair. Please also submit your signed Committee/Candidacy form. It requires initials from each member who has agreed to serve, or an email (printed and attached to the form) from each member in lieu of initials.

Educational Leadership EdD-Higher Ed students: Submit your signed Completion of Comp Exams form to the Graduate Affairs Office. Please also submit your signed Committee/Candidacy form. It requires initials from each member who has agreed to serve, or an email (printed and attached to the form) from each member in lieu of initials.

Educational Leadership EdD-Executive Track students: You can only enter Candidacy upon successful completion of your Dissertation Proposal and approval of your chair. Please submit the "Proposal Approval form- signed by your committee" as well as your signed Committee/Candidacy form. The Committee form requires initials from each member who has agreed to serve, or an email (printed and attached to the form) from each member in lieu of initials.

How do I register for Dissertation Hours?

Each program is slightly different. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator at least one month prior to the start of the semester to inquire.