It is expected the student will follow the advice of the supervisor and the advisory committee in establishing when the dissertation is ready for examination. When a majority of the voting members of the advisory committee agree the dissertation is ready for defence, the academic unit will so advise the CGPS in writing. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may request in writing that the Dean of the CGPS arrange for an examination of the dissertation without the agreement of the advisory committee. The rules for such an examination are determined by the Dean in consultation with the academic unit and the student. It is the student’s responsibility to prepare and assemble the complete dissertation for defence.

Visit getting prepared to defend.

Be informed on defence policies and procedures.


There are several important steps to making sure you are ready to graduate and receive your parchment:

  1. Apply to graduate | the deadline to apply to graduate is March 31 for spring and August 31 for fall
  2. Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date
  3. Make sure your full legal name is correct
  4. Pay outstanding tuition and fees
  5. Prepare for your convocation ceremony
Detailed instructions on how to do all of the above are found on USask's student graduation site.

The last day for Master's and Ph.D. students to submit approved thesis to ETD site and for Departments to submit all supporting documentation, indicating completion of the graduate degree,  is: 

  • September 19* in order to graduate for Fall Convocation
  • April 15* in order to graduate for Spring Convocation

*If the deadline date falls on a weekend/holiday, the first business day prior to September 19


Graduate Students

  • order your tickets
  • order your gown
  • order your degree frame
  • order flowers
  • order your pictures
  • make sure you are informed about the logistics

Visit this site to complete these details.

Graduate Faculty

Faculty members who attend convocation exercises are encouraged to sit on the platform rather than the general theatre seating.  Faculty members may also invite one guest.  Invited platform party guests and faculty that choose to sit in the general seating, will be seated behind the graduates in a reserved seating area