PhD Vision Science Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense

The final examination in the degree is essentially a defense of the candidate’s dissertation research and its write-up in front of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The candidate must present the results of original research and gives evidence of excellent scholarship. 

At least four weeks prior to the exam, the candidate must submit a request form to VSC program coordinator, and two weeks prior to the exam, the candidate must submit a complete draft of his/her PhD dissertation to the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The defense examination should be open to all interested faculty and college students to attend.

A certificate of the result (Pass/Fail/Deferred) of the final dissertation examination must be completed by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee and returned promptly to the director of the VSG Program.

Degree Conferral 

<Please check the conferral dates listed on the Registrar Office website.> 

A graduation check should be completed the semester before you intend to graduate or at the beginning of the graduating semester at the latest. Students who wish to receive the degree at the spring commencement must submit an application for graduation on Boxer Online no later than Jan. 15.

All degree requirements must be completed prior to the intended graduation day, including submitting the final approved dissertation to the library in accordance with the formal requirements.  The candidates should notify the Director of the VSG Program after receiving the dissertation deposit receipt from the Pacific University Libraries. Failure to do so may result in a delay in graduation.