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Stage 6. Thesis/Dissertation Final Submission

Research and Scholarly Work

Process and Policy

Have student make required changes

Student must complete Final Submission to the Graduate College by the semester deadline in order to graduate

Best Practices

Process and Policy

  • Students complete the final submission in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The only paper document that must be completed and delivered to the Graduate College is the Thesis and Dissertation Approval Form.
  • Once final submission is approved for a student, no changes may be made to the student's dissemination (release) option for the ETD. Final submission approval indicates that the ETD file is being transferred to the Florida Virtual Campus, unless the ETD is being held on the Graduate College server for a Patent Pending (6 months hold).
  • The student must complete format review, defense, and final submission by the university thesis/dissertation deadlines. Otherwise, the student's graduation would be delayed to the next term.
  • If a student's graduation is delayed to the next semester, the student will need to file a new Intent to Graduate for the next semester. After that, the student will need to submit a new Thesis and Dissertation Release Option eForm in myUCF and print a new Approval Form. Changing the semester of graduation affects all of these items.
  • A student who meets the format review deadline and defense deadlines but does not meet the final submission deadline has the option to complete the final submission before the end of add/drop for the coming semester to receive a registration waiver from the Graduate College. A registration waiver means the student would not have to pay for additional tution to graduate in the next semester. This option is not available to international students. Refer the student to the Thesis and Dissertation editor in the Graduate College for more information about a registration waiver.



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