Students who reach their registration limit (see Registration for Students in PhD Programs) will not be allowed to register further in their degree programs. Students who have been admitted to candidacy by the end of their registration limit will, however, still be allowed to defend their dissertation and graduate with their department and school or division’s permission. If the department accepts the dissertation and certifies that the student can demonstrate current knowledge of their field, the student will then be required to pay a graduation fee in the quarter they plan to graduate. Each department can define acceptable means of determining current knowledge. In order to ensure as few students as possible are removed from their programs at the end of their registration limit, a degree completion plan, endorsed by the student's dissertation chair, must be submitted to their department and area Dean of Students two years prior to their registration limit.