Spring 2023 graduation deadlines: What to know


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The Spring 2023 term ends May 12.

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor

CORRECTION: This piece has been updated to clarify that the graduation application date of Feb. 14 is for graduate students. Feb. 1 was the deadline for undergraduates.

The Spring term might have just started, but graduation dates and deadlines are fast approaching. Stay up to date and prepare yourself to make this semester a success.


Applications for graduate students planning to graduate in Spring 2023 are due Feb. 14, according to NIU. This will be the last day for courses to change between credit or audit in the first half of sessions. The deadline for undergraduates was Feb. 1. 


March 7 is the final day to defer your graduation date for the current semester. Thesis students and doctoral students, this is also the deadline to submit requests for oral defense of thesis and oral defense of dissertation, respectively.

The last day for courses to change between credit or audit for full sessions is March 14. Completed forms for Certificate of Graduate Studies are due March 15.

March 28 is the last day to submit results of oral defense form for thesis and doctoral students.

The final day for post-defense thesis and dissertation to be turned in is March 31. Submitted work should be turned in to ProQuest ETD Administrator.


April 12 is the last day to make up a grade of Incomplete from the Fall 2022 term.

The last day for courses to change between credit or audit for the second half of sessions is April 17.


May 5 is the final day for master’s students to submit their comprehensive exam results examination report form.

The Spring 2023 term ends May 12.

If you have any questions on graduation or obtaining the appropriate resources, reach out to your adviser. If you are unsure of who your adviser is, visit NIU’s website here.