Final Dissertation Defense
When students have completed the dissertation research and have completed a draft of the dissertation, they must present and defend them before their doctoral committees. A draft of the dissertation must be provided to the committee members four weeks before the scheduled defense. All committee members are required to be present at the defense.
For more information please see: http://ogs.ucsd.edu/academic-affairs/degree-information-procedures/doctoral-final-examination-and-filing.html