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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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A candidate must be registered for the semester or summer term in which degree requirements are completed and during the preceding semester.

Printable versions of the Graduation Calendars can be found here: 2014 Graduation Calendar; 2015 Graduation Calendar.

Master’s Candidates

September 25, 2014 Award January 25, 2015 Award May 17, 2015 Award
Thesis Title Approval Form due in Graduate School Office (GRS) April 4, 2014 May 3, 2014 November 7, 2014
Diploma Application due in GRS* June 1, 2014 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015
First draft of thesis (submitted to readers) July 3, 2014 October 3, 2014 March 6, 2015
Properly formatted draft of thesis submitted to GRS Assistant Records Officer (jcaruso@bu.edu) for format review by GRS Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks before August 15, 2014 Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks before December 12, 2014 Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks before April 10, 2015
Final Reader-approved thesis submitted ETD Administrator for final approval by the Graduate School on or before this date** August 15, 2014 submitted electronically December 12, 2014 submitted electronically April 10, 2015 submitted electronically
Documentation of Readers’ Approval submitted to the Graduate School Office on or before this date August 15, 2014 December 12, 2014 April 10, 2015
* The diploma application is valid only for the graduation date specified; a new application must be filed if the student does not graduate as planned
** All degree requirements are complete only when the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation has been certified as meeting the standards of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and of the Mugar Memorial Library

PhD Candidates

September 25, 2014 Award January 25, 2015 Award
May 17, 2015 Award
Dissertation Prospectus due in Graduate School Office (GRS) February 1, 2014 April 4, 2014 October 3, 2014
Diploma Application  due in GRS* June 1, 2014 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015
First draft of thesis (submitted to readers) June 6, 2014 October 3, 2014 February 6, 2015
Dissertation Defense Abstract (max. 350 words) approved by department/program—due in GRS for review and approval by the Dean At least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam At least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam At least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam
Properly formatted draft of dissertation submitted to GRS Records Office (grsrec@bu.edu) for format review by GRS Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam Submitted by e-mail at least three weeks prior to Final Oral Exam
Schedule of Final Oral Examination (arranged by department) due in GRS with two copies of approved abstract At least two weeks prior to Final Oral Exam At least two weeks prior to Final Oral Exam At least two weeks prior to Final Oral Exam
Last date to hold Final Oral Exam (Same deadline for submission of the dissertation) August 15, 2014 December 12, 2014 April 10, 2015
Final reader-approved dissertation submitted to ETD Administrator for final approval by the Graduate School on or before this date** August 15, 2014, submitted electronically December 12, 2014, submitted electronically April 10, 2015, submitted electronically
Documentation of Readers’ Approval submitted to the Graduate School Office on or before this date August 15, 2014 December 12, 2014 April 10, 2015
* The diploma application is valid only for the graduation date specified; a new application must be filed if the student does not graduate as planned
**All degree requirements are complete only when the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation has been certified as meeting the standards of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and of the Mugar Memorial Library


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