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Stage 18: Getting Closure

Once you've met committee, departmental, and graduate school requirements regarding the dissertation, you're ALMOST done. Now it's time to determine the personal and professional considerations. These will allow you to really bring closure to the dissertation as a goal, deadline, and benchmark in your life.

Celebrating your achievements, honouring those who have helped along the way, understanding moments of anger, regret, and miscommunication along the way will help you, the new PhD or EdD, to clearly articulate and freshly pursue new goals for research, publications, teaching, and community service. This stage is important because you can use it to mindfully enter into new professional areas, roles, and responsibilities.