All students must bring a Certificate of Defense Approval form to the defense. Please download, fill out the form, and bring the completed form to the defense for your committee members to sign after your successful defense. The completed form must be submitted to the Graduate School with the final materials needed to complete your ETD submission after you have uploaded a final PDF to the ETD database.

Some committees allow students to bring the Signature page from the thesis or dissertation for signing after a successful defense. If your committee allows this, use the Signature page template in the front matter template to format this page. It is recommended that students e-mail the page to the dissertation editor before the page is signed to ensure that the Signature page is formatted correctly. If it is not, the dissertation editor will ask you to re-format the page and re-obtain signatures from your committee members so the page conforms to Graduate School requirements.