Overview of the ETD Process

First ETD Submission

The first ETD draft should be submitted to the ETD System within a week of unconditionally passing the final oral exam. This draft should be a complete version of the thesis, with all required pages and information included.

The ETD Reviewer will check this draft to ensure that it follows all of the ETD formatting guidelines, as described in the ETD Guide. Typically, there are at the very least some minor issues with first submissions. Via the ETD system, the ETD Reviewer will return this draft with comments, which will mark only the first appearance of each formatting issue. After making the requested changes, it is the student’s responsibility to check the entire document for consistency.

Final File Submission

After making all of the requested changes, students should submit their error-free Final File Submission to the ETD System. In order to ensure approval, students should try to make their first submission of this kind well before the Final Error-Free deadline.

Before the Final Error-Free deadline, the student must have their ETD finalized. For this to happen, students must do the following:

The Final File Submission, when approved, will be the file that is published by the library, so the content in this file should be absolutely final. After the ETD is approved, this file can only be replaced if the committee denies it.

Committee Review

Once the ETD Reviewer has finalized the ETD, the committee members–not the committee chair–will immediately be notified via email and prompted to accept or deny the ETD submission. Faculty with the standard “Committee Member” role must approve the ETD before a Committee Chair is able to approve it. The entire committee must have approved the ETD by the Final Committee Approval deadline.

If a committee member denies the submission, the student will be sent instructions regarding the re-submission process. After making the committee’s requested changes and uploading the new file to the ETD system, the student must prompt their committee members via their Plan of Work. Students must manually click the appropriate button in their Plan of Work in order for their committee members to have the option to approve this new draft. 

Once the committee has approved the ETD, it is published by the library (unless an embargo request has been approved).  No changes can be made after this point.

Graduation 

When submitting the Doctoral Graduation Attendance Notification (DGAN), students indicate the current NC State faculty member who will serve as their sponsor for graduation. For the second part of the DGAN, students will record their name, exactly as they want it to be announced at graduation. Graduation speakers will pronounce names exactly as they hear them in the audio recording. More specific instructions regarding the graduation will be sent out to students and faculty sponsors in the month prior to the ceremony.

Students can postpone their participation in a graduation ceremony to the following term by emailing the ETD Reviewer (etd-reviewer@ncsu.edu). However, students cannot participate in a graduation ceremony prior to completing their degree.