Defense Day Essentials: To-Do Items

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DEFENSE NOTICE FORM

When you have decided upon a firm defense date, time, and location, please submit the Defense Notice Form here. The Defense Notice Form should be submitted before the day of the defense. Your defense notice can be viewed by accessing the "Upcoming Thesis and Dissertation Defenses" section located in the Events section of the Graduate School Web site.

CERTIFICATE OF DEFENSE APPROVAL FORM

You can prepare the Certificate of Defense Approval here. Fill in the name and e-mail address of each of your committee members. Each committee member will receive notification that he/she must electronically sign the form to confirm your successful defense of the thesis, dissertation, doctoral essay, or lecture recital essay after you have defended. This form, when electronically signed by all committee members and your Graduate Program Director, is your proof that you passed the defense. Committee members should sign this form on the day of the defense or shortly after the defense has taken place, not before the defense day, so it is recommended that you time the preparation form so it is signed on the proper date.

PREDEFENSE FORMATTING REVIEW (optional)

If you want to get a head start on formatting issues, an optional predefense formatting review from the Associate Director of Programs is available upon request by e-mailing the draft to grad.dissertation@miami.edu. Students who request the predefense formatting review typically send the draft to the Associate Director of Programs at the same time the draft is sent to committee members for review before the defense date, usually two weeks before the defense date.