Message from Interim Dean of Graduate Studies Cynthia Stillings regarding Dissertation/Thesis Defenses scheduled to take place prior to July 4.

Given the suspension of face-to-face instruction and mitigation efforts to break the cycle of contagion of the COVID-19 virus, thesis and dissertation defenses and pre-defenses may be held with all members of the committee and the candidate participating remotely. Students who are scheduled to defend their dissertation or thesis prior to July 4 should contact their dissertation/thesis committee chair as soon as possible. Arrangements will be made for your defense to be held remotely. For a copy of our guiding principles and guidelines, click on this link to the Temporary Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Defenses and Comprehensive Examinations.

Temporary Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Defenses



Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, Kent State University is following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations and has reduced on-campus operations. Please be assured that we continue our business operations as per usual while working remotely. If you have questions or need assistance with your graduate application email For all other questions, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies staff directly or email


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