Graduate Blog

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April 11, 2016

Students planning to deposit theses or dissertations for May 2016 graduation are reminded of the following deadlines:

  • April 22: Last day to complete a doctoral dissertation deposit
  • April 29: Last day to complete a master’s thesis deposit

Because deposit deadlines are firm, students are strongly encouraged to submit the thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College at least one week before the deadline in order to allow sufficient time to make and re-submit all requested corrections. For May graduation, any corrections requested by the Graduate College and all required deposit materials must be submitted to the Thesis Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline.

Visit our website for further information about the deposit process and links to downloadable deposit checklists.

April 11, 2016

Dropping Courses

Friday, April 15 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Spring semester courses from their Spring registration without a grade of W and thus withdraw from Spring semester. Students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain their department’s signature and, in the case of International Students, a signature from International Student Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, April 15 is the last day to drop individual full term Spring semester courses without a grade of W. Students need to come to the Graduate College, 204 Coble Hall, to complete a Late Course Change form to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program.


Friday, April 15 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Spring semester course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply.

April 11, 2016

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2,000 grants annually for studies, research or English teaching in 150 countries. Illinois Fulbright Week, April 14-20, will feature events for juniors, seniors, & grad students. Faculty/staff Fulbright alumni are invited to join our Fulbright Mixer on Friday, 4/15. Encourage your students to attend some sessions (full schedule & descriptions at the link).

Richelle Bernazzoli . National and International Scholarships Program

April 4, 2016

Join us for Illinois Water Day on Friday, April 8th, from 1pm to 5pm at NCSA. Illinois Water Day is inspired by World Water Day, a global recognition of the importance of safe, clean and abundant water resources. We have expert talks and panel discussions followed by free food and poster session.

Please register here so we can accommodate and send you a reminder. As always, Illinois Water Day is free and open to the public. More information for the event is attached or can be found at

April 4, 2016

In the spirit of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the CEE department will host a reception on Friday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00 am in the first floor Yeh Student Center. Stop by for donuts and juice (while they last) before going to class!