Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Dissertation Update

As many of you know, I am in the final stages of completing my dissertation at the Claremont Graduate University. I thought I would have this done two weeks ago, but the process of editing footnotes is taking longer than I thought. It has to be done this semester, so you might say this is the "drop dead" term-if I don't get it done, it will never be done, and I can kiss off getting my Ph.D at Claremont.

So, Deo volente, this labor will be done, and will have been turned in by the 20th of February, 2009, which is the deadline for my turning in my "Intent to Receive a Degree" form. Again, if it doesn't happen this semester, it will not happen at all.

Regular blogging will commence once the dissertation is turned in to my committee.


Aaron Joshua Oliver said...


Congratulations in advance on completing your dissertation. I hope all is well with you and everyone at St. Michael's. I was thinking of you all when I attended a Western Rite Mass with some students from St. Vlad's in the Boston area. Take care,


Anonymous said...

Well, Old Chap, did the dissertation come off okay?

Your Old Biola Friend,

Jeff Pearce

Benedictus said...


Good to hear from you!

I will be posting on this with more details, but the short answer is that it's good, but still needs a bit of work. Doctoral committees could be ruthless, but in my case, I have a team of people who want to see me succeed, so that is encouraging. They are not the sort to set me up to fail, and that's good.

Still on track for May graduation. It'll take a little work and restructuring, but it's going to happen.

Are you on Facebook?

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your note and the good news.

My name might pop up on Facebook as I had to register to set up a page for the College HR office, but I've recently given the page away to the Advancement office and attempted to terminate my registration.

Please keep me posted on the dissertation. I had an email from Bob Harrison the other day--he is well. I gave him your blog location.

God bless you,