A message from Dean Prado

A message from Dean Prado

By Guillermo Prado

A message from Dean Prado

By Guillermo Prado
Dear Graduate Students, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to campus. I know that I am excited to be back and to having things return to “normal.”

Dear Graduate Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to campus. I know that I am excited to be back and to having things return to “normal.”

Although I have lived in South Florida for over 35 years and have witnessed several major hurricanes hit our community, the power of Mother Nature never ceases to surprise me. 

What doesn’t surprise me is how the South Florida community and our University of Miami community in particular rallies in times of stress and challenge. 

We 'Canes are resilient, compassionate and giving. We are driven to succeed and to come out of any challenge stronger than we were at the beginning.  With this said, I thank you for all that you do for the University of Miami and for our fellow 'Canes. 

To support our University Community in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Office of Financial Assistance and Employment will be providing aid to eligible students. Click here for more information. 

Also, Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Irma may register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For more information, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 1-800-621-3362. 

As we resume the semester, please see below for some important deadlines and changes to the academic calendar. To view the revised academic calendar, click here.

Please note some key date changes not highlighted in previous communications:

  • Friday, November 17: Last day to defend Dissertations and Theses
  • Wednesday, December 20: Graduate School deadline for completion of Dissertations and Theses

Below are changes communicated in previous e-mails:

  • Fall break has been eliminated (October 12-15).
  • Thursday, December 14: Reading Day and Commencement- There will be no classes on this day. It will also remain the day for Fall Commencement exercises. Students may participate in Commencement exercise in advance of final grades. They will receive their diploma after degree verification. All students, including those who participate in Commencement exercises, are expected to return to classes on December 15 and complete the remainder of the semester.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Last day of classes- There will be no formal finals week.

Contact me or anyone at the Graduate School if we can be of any assistance or support. Wishing you a very successful semester.


With warmest regards,

Guillermo “Willy” Prado
Dean of the Graduate School