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Steps to Graduation

Resources for Graduating Students

As you approach the end of your program, your program adivsor can help guide you towards graduation. The resources and links below may also be helpful.


Application for Graduation

In order to initiate the process, you must submit an application for graduation through the Registrar the semester before you graduate.  Advance notice of the intent to graduate permits timely review of degree requirements and notification if any deficiencies in requirements need your attention. 

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Important Dates

For all university-wide deadlines (including registration appointments, add/drop, and application for graduation), please reference the academic calendar.


Thesis and Dissertation Submissions

  • 6 weeks before end of term: Submit Defense Completion Form to
  • 4 weeks before end of term: Submit initial manuscript to ProQuest or Scholarly Commons
  • By end of term: All requested edits and formatting must be accepted by the Writing Center in order to graduate within the given term.


Continuous Registration

  • All graduate students in graduate degree or credential programs must satisfy the Continuous Registration Policy of their respective programs from the time of admission until all degree requirements are met (including thesis/dissertation, capstone, etc.). The Continuous Registration Policy can be met by registering for GRAD 200 (master's students) or GRAD 300 (doctoral students) through at least one semester per academic year (Fall or Spring).
  • Continuous registration is intended for students who have completed all required coursework. 
  • Students enrolled in GRAD 200/GRAD 300 may utilize library facilities, but are not entitled to:
    • the use of other University facilities,
    • receive a fellowship, assistantship, or financial aid, or
    • take course work of any kind at the University of the Pacific.
  • Students should also be aware that registration in GRAD 200/GRAD 300 may cause existing student loans to come due. 

Forms, Links, and Additional Resources