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Those planning to graduate on May 18 must submit their application for graduation by April 1. Graduates receiving their master’s and bachelor’s degrees participate in the same ceremony, but graduate students wear their master’s hoods and sit together. They “walk the stage” after the undergraduates receive their degree. Following the service, master’s graduates, their families, and graduate faculty members enjoy fellowship at a special reception in the library.
Within the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters (one week in the summer semester) students may drop or add a course. Adding a course requires approval by the course instructor. Students need the approval of the director of graduate studies to withdraw from a course after the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters through two weeks after midterm. The specific final withdraw date is found on page 42 of the Graduate Studies Bulletin.
Graduate students who have completed 27 credits may apply for their capstone project. Here are some suggestions for deciding on a capstone project and committee. Begin by discussing a tentative capstone project proposal with your advisor before selecting your committee members.
An important choice for graduate students is the selection of their capstone or comprehensive exam committee members. Student choices for committee members should be thoughtful and based upon their area of emphasis, interest, and - in the case of a capstone project - the nature of the research.
For a graduate student, the capstone project is new and unfamiliar territory. For that reason it can seem intimidating, but your advisor is there to give you guidance when and where you need it. Don’t hesitate to seek their help. Look to your advisor for procedural advice, academic advice, and encouragement. Once you have completed 27 credits, you may apply for a capstone project. To begin your capstone work, do the following:
Graduate Students completing a capstone project MUST submit an IRB application along with their approved capstone proposal BEFORE they begin their research. MLC needs to ensure that all student research respects the safety and rights of human subjects.
Your advisor is a valuable resource. To get the best use of your advisor, check with him or her regularly. Keep them up-to-date on your program and your ideas so they can give informed advice when you need it. Don’t wait for your advisor to contact you.
Please remember that your "picture" and "description" in your Moodle profile is considered directory-type information. This means that your picture should be an ID-type picture of yourself only.
If you are in a class that makes use of forums (discussion boards) you may have noticed that when someone posts a new message in a particular forum in Moodle, you sometimes get the message sent directly to your regular email account so you do not need to log into Moodle to read the message. This can be good or bad depending on your perspective. So, here is how to control this:
Our students often have interests in several areas. I recently spoke with a student who is interested in completing a double emphasis. It is possible! Guidelines for students are available in the Graduate Studies Bulletin on page 12.
How can you find your final semester grade? Your instructor may or may not send you an email with your final grade, and may or may not record it in Moodle. It WILL be posted on the MLC Portal. The deadline for posting is 8:00 AM on August 15.