Duke dissertations are published on microfilm by University Microfilms (Ann Arbor, MI).
At this time the student will also be required to pay to have the original and two copies of the dissertation bound in black covers with gold lettering on the spine.
Permission to take the second examination must be obtained from the professor who directed the dissertation and from the Dean of the Graduate School.
Failure to pass the second examination renders the student ineligible to continue work for the Ph. exam at Duke University." The committee may accept the dissertation on the understanding that the student will make minor revisions and corrections to be reviewed and approved by their advisor before the dissertation is deposited with the Graduate School.
The easiest and least confusing procedure if for the committee member to sign all of the copies.
They then sign the final examination certificate, which is returned signed to the student who should promptly turn in to the Graduate Studies Office.
NOTE: this 30-day period for corrections cannot be granted when there are fewer than 30 days left in the semester.
In such cases you must check with the Graduate School to determine the deadline for submitting the completed dissertation.
If you're researching a master's degree, you'll likely come across the phrase "thesis defense" among the list of requirements for earning an advanced degree.
The original and one copy go on file in Perkins Library; the other copy goes to your dissertation advisor.
Additional copies may be bound through the Duke Bookstore in the Bryan Center.
Four of five (or four of four) affirmative votes of those present – including the main supervisor – constitute a pass.
The states that "A student who fails the final examination may be allowed to take it a second time, but no earlier than six months from the date of the first examination.
In this case, they will sign the exam certificate and the abstract sheets and dissertation signature pages.