Your defence will have been advertised by way of a poster to the TST member colleges. Defences are not open to the public.
For online defences, the student is permitted to invite one guest.
For hybrid defences, the student may invite one personal guest; TST faculty and registered TST graduate students are permitted to attend as additional guests. Hybrid defences are limited to a maximum occupancy of 18 guests, excluding the examiners (the GCTS reserves the right to reduce this number without notice). Guests cannot be admitted once the defence is in progress. During the in camera sessions of the defences, the student and guests are required to leave the room. Although the proceedings are not recorded, guests may be visible on camera. If you have an accommodation need for a defence due to a disability, please notify the GCTS Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one week prior to the date and we will do our best to make the appropriate arrangements.
The defence normally takes two hours. The chair of the defence will convene the defence and introduce everyone, after which time you and the visitors will be excused from the room for a few minutes while your committee meets in camera. Then you will be invited back into the room and the examiners will take turns asking questions for about an hour and a half. At the end of that session, you will be excused from the room once more, and after a few minutes you will be invited back in, and the decision of the committee will be announced. There are a variety of possible outcomes. Please see the program Handbook and the Final Oral Examination Procedures and Guidelines for more information.
As you are approaching your defence, you may want to sit in on a hybrid defence prior to see what a defence is like. Please contact the GCTS Office to learn about upcoming defences.