I am graduating this summer with a PhD in political science. I don't have much out there in terms of a body of research (so I'm not to where I've really made a name for myself), and there is another person with my same first and last name who has her own body of research in my field, so I'm planning to change my last name to FI's when I get married.
Now here's the thing. I am defending in June but graduating in summer. I have to apply for graduation in July, I get married in early August, and then all paperwork will have to be submitted for me to graduate by the end of August, and that's also when I would receive my degree, I believe. So I have no idea whether my degree will have my maiden or married name on it.
I know I should talk to my graduate school about it, and I will. I was just wondering if anyone else is going through or has gone through anything similar, and what is happening in your cases.