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Doctoral Orientation, Events, and Deadlines

Welcome Reception for New Doctoral Students

Steinhardt's New Doctoral Student Welcome reception takes place at the start of each fall semester for that year’s entry class. It is an opportunity to meet some of our faculty and staff, and to make connections with other new doctoral students. The welcome reception for the Fall 2023 incoming class is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, 2023. 

First Fridays Doctoral Colloquium

First Fridays meetings for Steinhardt doctoral students are held on the first Friday of each month throughout the academic year. The focus of each meeting will be emailed to all doctoral students in advance of the meeting date. There is no formal registration for First Fridays, but we do ask that you reply to the email to RSVP.

The tentatively scheduled meeting dates for First Fridays for academic year 2023-2024 are:

  • Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Friday, February 2, 2024
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024 (Rescheduled)
  • Friday, April 5, 2024

Final Oral Examination Filing Deadlines

The deadlines below are for filing for final oral examination. Please discuss your anticipated final oral examination date and dissertation filing date with your committee chairperson and members well in advance of the deadlines listed here. Find instructions on the procedures for filing your dissertation as well as required forms. Each deadline date below corresponds to one of the three degree conferral dates (January, May, or September). You will also need to apply for graduation on Albert in accordance with their Graduation Deadlines.

Final Oral Examination Filing Deadlines
Deadline to File for Orals Final Oral Examination Period Degree Conferral
Thursday, October 5, 2023 Fall 2023: November 6 - December 15, 2023 January 2024
Thursday, February 1, 2024 Spring 2024: March 4 - April 19, 2024 (excluding Spring Break) May 2024
Thursday, April 25, 2024 Summer 2024: May 20 - June 28, 2024 September 2024

Note: Final oral examinations may be held as Zoom meetings, hybrid meetings, or in person. 

Defense-ready dissertations are due four weeks prior to your scheduled final oral examination date, and final dissertations (including all post-defense revisions) are due approximately three weeks before the degree conferral date.

If you have any questions regarding the filing of dissertations, or the scheduling of final oral examinations, please contact Nancy Hall in the Office of Doctoral Studies at

Doctoral Convocation

In addition to the University's Commencement ceremony (which includes all schools and all degrees), the Steinhardt School holds a graduation ceremony for doctoral graduates each May. We encourage our doctoral graduates to attend this convocation and doctoral hooding ceremony.

September, January, and May doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the Doctoral Convocation ceremony in May. Invitations will be sent to eligible candidates in late March. Please contact the Office of Doctoral Studies at for more information or visit the Steinhardt Graduation webpage.