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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 2024 incoming class is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2024. 

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. The tentatively scheduled meeting dates for First Fridays for 2024-2025 are:

  • Friday, October 4, 2024
  • Friday, November 1, 2024
  • Friday, December 6, 2024
  • Friday, February 7, 2025
  • Thursday, March 7, 2025
  • Friday, April 4, 2025

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 OralsFinal Oral Examination PeriodDegree Conferral
Thursday, October 3, 2024Fall 2024: November 4 - December 13, 2024January 2025
Thursday, February 6, 2025Spring 2025: March 10 - April 25, 2025 (excluding Spring Break)May 2025
Thursday, April 24, 2025Summer 2025: May 19 - June 27, 2025September 2025

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.