Nearly two and a half years ago, I embarked on a third graduate program. A little over six months ago, I provided another update. Today, I am happy to share the light is very bright at the end of the tunnel: I recently defended my dissertation! If you’re not familiar with the process, a final dissertation defense is when a doctoral candidate provides a verbal and visual overview of the study to the committee (comprised of university professors). Following the presentation, the committee asks questions for the purpose of better understanding the study’s results, conclusions and implications. Finally, the committee deliberates and communicates one of several possible outcomes: pass without revisions (rare), pass with minor revisions (often), fail (with opportunity to try again), fail.
What is next?
- I have several small revisions to make and will then submit my dissertation to an online database (ProQuest) for permanent storage and retrieval.
- Complete one more class next semester (noted below)
- Graduate in May 2017!