Students completing an artistic thesis that entails a performance must arrange to have the committee members see the performance no less than one week before the defense.
back to top After the thesis has been submitted to Gallatin and to the thesis committee, the student should set a date and time for the defense and register this information with Gallatin at least three weeks prior to the defense.
Students must work with their committee members to find an acceptable date.
The defense will, of course, be contingent upon final approval of the thesis itself by all three committee members.
(Such revisions may or may not set back the graduation date, depending on how long they take.) The committee may also ask for minor editorial changes, which will not delay graduation.
Students will have up to 30 days to make these changes and submit the final thesis to Gallatin.back to top On the appointed date the student will defend the thesis in a one-and-a half hour discussion with the three members of the committee.If the thesis is approved at the defense, the committee will sign the final approval document and forward it to the Registrar's Office.If one of the members rejects the paper, or requests substantial revisions, the defense date may have to be postponed unless changes can be made in time.Students should also be aware that they may encounter some difficulties in finding committee members or arranging a date for a defense in January or September because of the limited availability of faculty during the summer months and winter recess.Students should plan ahead to ensure that they are able to meet the thesis defense deadline for the semester in which they plan to graduate (see below for deadlines and dates).If you have questions about the thesis defense process, please write to [email protected] 30 days after the defense, the student must submit the final, corrected version of the thesis (please see the formatting guidelines for more information).The final thesis must be submitted electronically by completing the online Final Thesis Submission form.To submit the thesis to Gallatin and to the thesis committee, students should use the online Thesis Submission form.This form will send copies of the thesis to the adviser and to the second and third reader.