This is the most up-to-date version (February 2018) of the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Manual of Rules and Regulations
Section IX. General Requirements for Advanced Degrees
Application for Degree. The student must file an application for an anticipated degree with the registrar by the deadline date printed in the Graduate College academic calendar for the session in which the degree will be conferred. The student must have the application signed by his or her adviser. Failure to file the application by the deadline date established by the Graduate College dean will result in the postponement of graduation to a subsequent session.
Enrollment in Final Session. The student must be enrolled during the session in which the degree is to be conferred. Students who are away from the University campus during that session may meet this requirement by registering for independent study, research, or thesis hours according to the practice in the various departments. Doctoral candidates who have completed all work except the final examination may register for Doctoral Final Registration described in Section XII. L. if such registration is appropriate. Master's candidates who have completed all work except the final examination may register for Master's Final Registration, if such registration is appropriate. Both the Doctoral Final Registration and Master's Final Registration require a 1 s.h. tuition/fee payment, and may be repeated if the degree requirements are not completed in this session. Registration in a course for which tuition/fees are not assessed (Cooperative Education Internship, for example) will not satisfy this requirement.