Students are expected to complete the colloquium during the penultimate semester. With this in mind, May graduates should submit the adviser-approved rationale and booklist by October 1 of their senior year.
For other students, rationale and booklist submissions will be sent out for second reader review on the first of each month. Students (and their primary advisers) can expect reviewer feedback in the second half of the month.
The academic calendar requires a few caveats to these general principles, as follows:
1. To accommodate winter break, the last day of fall classes in December is the last day to register a January colloquium, and rationale and booklist submissions after December 1 will be sent out for second review on February 1.
2. For students hoping to participate in the May graduation ceremonies, the rationale and booklist submission must be received before March 1, and the petition to march deadline of April 15 will be the last day to register a spring colloquium.
3. September graduates should submit the rationale and booklist no later than May 1 (the deadline for fall senior project proposals) so that their rationale and booklist submissions may be sent out for second review before faculty leave for the summer.