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UW-Madison guidance on dissertation and thesis defenses

The Graduate School released this guidance on 3/13/20 and updated it on 3/17/2020.

Dissertation and thesis defenses, preliminary exams, qualifying exams, and similar milestone activities are essential events, directly related to the academic mission of the university, and will continue.

If at all possible, these events should take place using information technology solutions (e.g. WebEx, Skype, etc.). We must ensure the health and safety of our graduate students, staff and faculty. Questions should be referred to the graduate program’s Director of Graduate Study or to the Graduate School’s Office of Academic Services.