Step Three: Defending the Thesis or Dissertation
The Graduate School strongly recommends that a student provide at least two weeks of reading time for the members of her/his thesis or dissertation committee. The student should provide each member of her/his thesis or dissertation committee with a version of the thesis or dissertation fully edited, corrected, and suitable for defense.
All defenses must be held no later than one week prior to graduation.
All students must have an announcement submitted to Osprey Update by their thesis/dissertation chair or advisor to announce their defense date to faculty, staff, and students. This should be done one to two weeks prior to the defense. The Osprey Update will not be approved unless the event is first added to the UNF Calendar of Events and then submitted by your committee chair or designee. If your thesis/dissertation chair or designee is unable to submit the announcement, please contact the Graduate School for assistance. If you have any questions about submitting the announcement please click here for instructions or contact the Graduate School.
The student will also need to provide the thesis or dissertation director with a Certificate of Approval. It is highly recommended your Certificate of Approval be printed on 20-24 pound, acid free paper. Only one Certificate of Approval is required.
- Copies of the thesis or dissertation suitable for defense were provided to all members of the thesis or dissertation committee at least three weeks prior to the defense.
- The thesis or dissertation defense was added to the UNF Calendar of Events and announced via Osprey Update by your committee chair or designee.
- The thesis or dissertation defense was held no later than one week prior to graduation.
- The Certificate of Approval was created and signed subsequent to the defense.