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Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year.


The Upgrade is coming! Several important University systems will be upgraded for improved functionality in April, and some services will be limited during the anticipated cutover period between April 10 - 20. Here are some important dates and deadlines to be aware of:

March 13 (Friday) - last day to submit a GDP and have it reviewed for approval by GSSP. GDPs submitted after this date will be reviewed after systems come back on line on April 20.

March 20 (Friday) - last day to Assign/Update Examining Committee. Note:  an approved GDP must be on file before you can access this function.

March 23 - 25 - queued registration for graduate students for Fall 2015. Registration for Summer/May 2015 opened on March 2.

April 3 (Friday) - Other requests (Assign/Update Advisor, graduation packet, etc.) will go offline. Downloadable forms (App for Degree, Master's Reviewers Form, Final Exam Form, Deposit Agreement, etc.) will be available, but completing these requests before the systems interruption is recommended.

Week of April 20 (projected) - Graduation Packet and other requests will come back online.

For more details and interim forms (as they become available) visit the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) page.

For more general information on how the Upgrade will affect you, visit the Upgrade page for Students.

NOTE: Students in MEEd, MEHS, MAPL, MEd, MTAG, and MEng programs will also experience limited services during the cutover. Questions about degree progress and clearance paperwork may be directed to your program office or the UMD Graduate Office.



Graduate School Breakfasts will continue in the Spring 2015 semester - now including Speed Research! They will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9am, throughout the semester. Sign up HERE.

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Academic and Professional Development

Career Networking Event, March 27, 9 - 11:30am, McNamara Alumni Center

Ongoing events including: Workshops and Seminars, Career Week, Career Networking Breakfat, Writer's Nexus, Doctoral Students' Comprehensive Guide to Finishing the Degree, and more.

For more extensive information and recordings of past events, please contact Noro Andriamanalina at or visit the Virtual Commons website.

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