Students who do not meet all thesis or dissertation requirements in a given term may pursue a registration waiver for the following term. A registration waiver allows a student to graduate in a given term without having to register formally or pay tuition for that term.
To receive a registration waiver, a student must have met the format review and defense deadlines the semester before they plan to receive the waiver. For example, a student seeking a fall registration waiver must have met the summer format review and defense deadlines.
Students meeting these requirements need to complete the remaining ETD requirements (including submission of any relevant forms and the final ETD submission) by the end of the registration period for the following term and notify the College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation Office of their intent to receive a waiver.
If you do qualify for the waiver, we will be happy to provide a letter to an employer (or another) stating that all graduation requirements have been met, and you should still be eligible to attend commencement for that next term. However, since you will not be paying any fees, you will not be able to use any university resources for that following term.
Note: Registration waivers typically do not apply to current F-1 and J-1 visa holders. International students should contact the International Services Center with specific eligibility questions.