Graduate Student Services
Welcome to the Office of Graduate Student Services website. Our office is a full student service office which provides support for students' progress throughout their programs. This includes providing admissions support, maintaining student records, and clearing students for graduation in the College of Education, Health, & Human Services.

Our website has been designed to help current and prospective students find the  information they need. If you cannot find the information you are seeking, please feel free to contact the staff in the Office of Graduate Student Services. We will be more than happy to help you.

STAFF: (Staff contact area)
Valorie Adkins - Administrative Assistant
Nzinga Hart - Academic Program Specialist
Nancy Miller - Academic Program Director

The Associate Dean of Graduate Education is Dr. Stephen Mitchell. Associate Dean Mitchell can be contacted at the Office of Administrative Affairs & Graduate Education or by email.


Jan 16
Martin Luther King Jr Day (no classes, offices closed)
Jan 17
Spring 2017 Classes Begin
Jan 17
Last day for those hoping to graduate May 2017 to file approved dissertation proposal & IRB statement of approval, thesis proposal, or project proposal
Jan 20
Last day to apply for May 2017 graduate graduation
March 24 Final day for oral defense of graduate-level dissertation, thesis, or project
March 26 Last day to withdraw from any or all classes
March 27-April 2  Spring recess (no classes, offices open)
April 14
Deadline to:
  • Submit dissertation electronically
  • Submit thesis electronically
  • Submit signature pages to 407 White Hall
April 14
All incomplete grades from previous semester must be cleared
April 28 Final deadline for all dissertation and thesis corrections
May 7
Classes End
Finals Exam Week
May 12-13 Date of Kent Campus graduate ceremony is tentative. Since the graduate ceremony date has not been confirmed please check the commencement site for the official date.
Week of June 29, 2017 Spring 2017 diplomas mailed to students permanent address. 



"The Guidelines for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations are designed to assist students and typists maintain the high degree of accuracy and consistency, which are the hallmarks of well-written documents. Prior to the thesis/dissertation process, students should familiarize themselves with the procedures described in the guidelines. It is assumed that the guidelines will be used in conjunction with the approved style guide.

Theses and dissertations follow American Psychological Association, 6th ed. as their reference guide. The University Libraries provides an APA Cheat Sheet giving you some of the highlights of this edition. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Administrative Affairs & Graduate Education office at 330-672-0552.


An appointment made by KSU to full-time graduates who display a high level of scholarship and academic excellence. The award is merit-based, not need-based, and includes stipend and tuition.

Last updated 01/10/2017

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Contact Information

Office of Graduate Student Services

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
150 Terrace Drive
418 White Hall
330-672-2576 (phone)
330-672-9162 (fax)