Published: Oct. 13, 2023

Mark your calendars for important fall graduation deadlines, funding opportunities, and professional development workshops


Graduation Deadlines

November 16

Doctoral students must complete the PhD dissertation defense or final examination by this date. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School using the doctoral final examination form two weeks before the exam.

November 28

  • PhD students must submit the dissertation with Thesis Approval Form to ProQuest by this deadline. The dissertation must be submitted electronically for review and approval by Graduate School staff by the end of the business day. The single-page Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a supplemental file with the dissertation in order for the submission to be complete. Students whose dissertations are received after this deadline, or those not submitted with the TAF, must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.
  • PhD and DMA students must fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) online by this deadline. Learn more about the survey on the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics website.
  • Master's students must complete the thesis defense or final examination by this date. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School using the master's final examination form two weeks before the exam. Certain units do not require an exam for non-thesis students. Please contact your department with any questions.

Additional graduation deadlines are approaching in early December. Review the Graduate School website for additional information.


Funding Deadlines


Upcoming Workshops

Polish Your Presentation Voice

 Nov. 1, 5 – 6 p.m.  CASE, E422

Conference and research presentations don’t have to be boring! Join the Josephine Jones Speaking Lab and facilitator, Audra Barber, recent TEDxCU speaker, for a workshop designed to enhance all aspects of your presentation. In this workshop, you will learn methods for engaging your audience, polishing your delivery, crafting meaningful slides, and reckoning with those public speaking jitters. RSVP required; space is limited.

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Managing Good Relations with your Advisor

 Nov. 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.  Zoom

The advisor-advisee relationship can be complicated. Jerry Hauser, Faculty Ombuds, will provide tools to help you navigate this relationship. If you have concerns about such matters as assessment of your work, assignment to projects that are feeding your interests, receiving responses to your work in a timely fashion, even accessibility, then this presentation may help you think strategically about how to address them.

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GradCO: Lead from Where You Are: Leadership Models and Strategies

 Nov. 7, 12 – 1:30 p.m.  Zoom

This session, led by Kristina Quynn, explores the most common leadership models and how we show up as leaders in our unique contexts—from the heroic to the systemic. What kind of leader are you? What kind of leader do you want to be? This session acknowledges key differences between how leaders and managers work in an organization and how leaders can best engage and support followers.

This workshop is hosted by Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, and is being shared with other institutions across Colorado as part of the GradCO Professional Development Series.

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East Campus Coffee

 Nov. 8, 8:30 – 10 a.m.  SEEC, C120 CD Auditorium, South Atrium

Join fellow graduate students on East Campus for free coffee and pastries for all who register (or we reach our in-person capacity limit).

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Mindfulness & Gratitude for Grad Students

 Nov. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.  UMC Room 382

Time to take a break and focus on your mental health. Research has shown that consciously practicing mindfulness and gratitude can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. This workshop will teach a basic definition of mindfulness and simple skills for practicing daily mindfulness and provide you with tools you can use outside of the session. Additionally, the presenter will lead you through gratitude practices and exercises. Lunch will be provided. RSVP required; space is limited.

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GradCO: Informational Interviewing

 Nov. 14, 12 – 1:30 p.m.  Zoom

Is that job really the one you want? What's in it beyond the job posting? This information is often best obtained through an informational interview. But how do you get one of those? And what is it really? This workshop will help you:

  • Learn how informational interviewing can help YOU make career decisions
  • Understand how to find and conduct an interview
  • Develop your career story
  • Build confidence in your ability to use this career tool 

This workshop is hosted by University of Colorado Anschutz and is being shared with other institutions across Colorado as part of the GradCO Professional Development Series.

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GradCO: Conflict Management and De-escalation

 Nov. 27, 12 – 1:30 p.m.  Zoom

In this workshop, participants will learn about their communication and conflict style, approaches to conflict, and communication techniques for de-escalating tense situations. The workshop will be led by Gardiner Tucker, a professional and faculty member in University of Northern Colorado's Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, who has years of experience leading conflict management workshops for higher education professionals. 

This workshop is hosted by University of Northern Colorado and is being shared with other institutions across Colorado as part of the GradCO Professional Development Series.

Register Here