Thinking about graduating? Congratulations! This page contains all of the information you need to make it through to your cap and gown moment.
If you are thinking about graduating, you are probably already working on your MA Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation. If not, the first step in the process is to find an Advisor, a professor who can guide you through the process. Your advisor should be a member of the CLGP Faculty. Specific information on the thesis/dissertation process can be found in the Program’s MA Guidelines and the PhD Guidelines, as well as the Graduate School’s Thesis and Dissertation Specifications webpage.
- You should use the MLA Style Guide to format your thesis/dissertation
- You will need to create a Signature Page and bring it to your defense in order to gather the signatures of your committee. See the Thesis and Dissertation Specifications webpage for instructions on how to format your Signature Page. Once your committee approves your thesis/dissertation, this page is then turned into the Graduate School.
The semester in which you graduate you will have several paperwork hurdles to cross (surprise, surprise). The responsibility for completing all paperwork and meeting all deadlines is yours - one missed deadline means you will not graduate until the next semester. Don’t fear however, there are resources to help you keep track and your Graduate Program Assistant is there to answer questions and assist.
The Graduate School provides an online Graduation Packet that contains deadlines, checklists and all the forms you will need to fill out:
In addition, the Program has created checklists that break the process into steps:
Both the University and the Comparative Literature Program hold commencement ceremonies in December and May. There is no summer commecement ceremony.
Please visit the University Commencement website for information about the University’s ceremony, and for general information about things like where to get your cap and gown.
The Program does not require its graduates to wear academic regalia at the Program commencement ceremony unless they wish to do so.