Before the Oral Defense
The Dissertation Evaluation
The dissertation evaluation enables the Graduate School to:
- Alert the dissertation chair of potential problems before the defense
- Assists committee members in recognizing common and diverging concerns in planning the defense
- Serves as a record of the committee's evaluation
Because divergent evaluations submitted by the members of a committee may require further discussion prior to the oral defense, we ask that evaluations be received by OARD at least 3 working days prior to the day of the oral defense.
If the student does not supply each committee member with a copy of the dissertation and abstract, at least 10 working days before the oral defense the committee member may ask for a postponement of the defense.
The evaluation asks you to rank and/or comment on:
- Whether the dissertation and abstract are acceptable:
- As submitted
- After minor typographical and stylistic corrections
- After minor substantive changes
- After substantial revisions
- Not acceptable
- The scholarly character
- Contribution to the field
- Quality of writing
- Quantity of research represented
Returning the Dissertation Evaluation
Visit the Online Evaluation System
E-mail to email@example.com. (Include the student name, ID number and committee member's name in the message).
Please allow enough time for the evaluation to reach us three working days before the defense.
After all of the evaluations are received and reviewed by Rackham, they will be available for review by the entire committee. The Oral Report form (that all members sign at the defense) will be available to print through the online evaluation system. Please note: The dissertation evaluations are considered part of the student's public file and the student has the right to see them after all requirements for the dissertation have been completed.
During and After the Oral Defense
The committee chair is responsible for printing, signing and returning to Rackham OARD the Final Oral Report Examination within 48 hours after the defense but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the final doctoral degree deadline date. The student should confirm with the chair that the report has been submitted. The committee signs in on the Oral Defense Examination Report included that was printed from the online evaluation system, writes the results of the oral defense in the space provided and returns the Oral Defense Examination Report to OARD.
The Chair will complete the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval in the online evaluation system when he/she has seen all the required revisions and corrections, then checks the appropriate box on the form and signs his/her name. The Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval as well as the Oral Defense Examination Report must be submitted to OARD by the deadline the student is working with.
Students must apply to graduate in order to have the degree awarded. The deadlines for the conferrals are listed below:
|Masters or Certificate Expected Term of Graduation||Deadline for Name to Appear in Commencement Booklet for Term||Final Deadline to Apply to Graduate for the Term||Commencement Eligibility|
|Summer (August) 2017||March 5, 2017||August 15, 2017|
|Fall (December) 2017||October 16, 2017||December 12, 2017|
|Winter (April) 2018||March 5, 2018||April 17, 2018|
|Summer (August) 2018||March 5, 2018||August 14, 2018|
* Must apply for graduation through Wolverine Access by this date to be considered for degree conferral for the term.
Applying for Graduation in Wolverine Access
In Wolverine Access, select Student Business, then in the left menu select Degree Progress/Graduation, and finally Apply For Graduation.
To receive your master's degree or certificate, you must apply for graduation through Wolverine Access. If the exact degree/diploma you wish to apply for does not appear on Wolverine Access, contact your department/program before you can apply. Students who have applied for degree by the master's and certificate deadline will have their names printed in the commencement program. Applications for graduation will be accepted until the last day of classes of the term in which you wish to receive your degree/diploma; however, your name will not appear in the commencement program. It is your responsibility to see that all requirements are met and recorded by the last day of classes in the term you have applied for degree/diploma. If you have questions about your academic requirements please contact your department.
Important Degree Information
Final grades must be submitted by instructors no later than 72 hours after the last day of exams. If you are enrolled in the term you expect to receive your degree, inform your instructors so that late grade reporting is avoided. This is especially important if electing Law School courses.
If your undergraduate degree is not from the University of Michigan, review your U-M transcript to verify that your undergraduate degree has been posted to your record. Go to Wolverine Access and look at the end of your U-M transcript for your undergraduate school name and address, degree citation (B.A., B.S., etc.) and the date received. If the degree citation with date received does not appear, contact Rackham Admissions.
Transfer of Credit
The deadline for completing the transfer of credit is the last day of classes in the term you've applied for graduation. Since transferring credit takes time, see your graduate program administrator immediately for further information. If you are transferring credit to your academic record, you must follow the Graduate School procedure and submit a transfer of credit request.
If you are in a dual/joint degree program (not including doctoral degrees) you must submit the correct Dual/Joint Degree Election form for each program's review and signature. The second program must forward the form to Rackham for approval before the last day of classes in the term you have applied for graduation.
A University diploma will be mailed to you from the Diploma Office approximately 12 weeks after Degree conferral. Degree postings will appear on your official transcript approximately one month after the last day of classes. The standard size of a Rackham diploma is 8 1/2" x 11". Visit the Registrar’s Office website for further information regarding diplomas.
Deadline for Program and Rackham Graduate School Requirements
All program and Rackham Graduate School requirements (including transfer of credit, dual/joint election forms, etc.) must be completed, approved and appear on your transcript (if applicable) by the last day of classes in the term that you wish to graduate.
More information on minimum Rackham degree requirements can be found in the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies. If you have questions about your academic requirements please contact your department.