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Graduate Guide --> Appendix I ---> Relationship of Final Examinations and Papers/Theses/Dissertations

6. RELATIONSHIP OF FINAL EXAMINATIONS AND
PAPERS/THESES/DISSERTATIONS

The final examination is a unique entity and, while it is traditional to base the examination on the content of the thesis or dissertation, passage of the examination and approval of any required professional paper, thesis, or dissertation are separate items and should be dealt with as such. Thus, a student may be passed on a final examination without giving final approval to the submitted thesis, dissertation, or paper. In fact, a student can pass the final examination and not receive a degree if the professional paper, thesis, or dissertation does not meet minimum standards and is not approved. In this regard, it is important to check the appropriate box on the Application for Graduation (GS Form 25) stating that the appropriate document is a requirement of graduation.

The report of the final examination is still required within two working days after the results are determined and this is NOT dependent on approval of papers, theses, and dissertations.


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