The length of dissertation dedications varies quite a bit. I looked at dissertation dedication page examples from numerous dissertations as I wrote mine. I just did a random survey of ten dissertations and three did not include dedications. The other seven had an average of 23 words each. The dissertation dedications pages were brief and usually centered on a spouse, family members, or sometimes an influential mentor.
In my case I used a to acknowledge someone who inspired me beginning when I was five years old, to pursue a doctorate. This allowed me to provide a special honor while including a wider range of individuals in my dissertation acknowledgement. I believe it is especially poignant when you present a printed copy of your dissertation to the person in the dedication section.
Most books at the library will have a dedication page. Normally, this page includes quotes like “For my mother” or “For Lucy who never gave up on me.” A dissertation dedication is the same concept. In this part of the dissertation, the student must use a sentence or a paragraph to dedicate their text. They may want to use the dedication to recognize an individual who inspired them to go to college or someone who helped with the dissertation. Dedicating the dissertation to someone is a way to honor them. After putting so much work into this paper, it is a chance for the student to recognize the people who influenced the process.
As students create their dissertation, they spend weeks agonizing over the research, outlines and writing. At the end of the process, there is unfortunately another detail to worry about: the dissertation dedication. The dedication is fairly easy to write and can be completed in a few hours. Despite the worries about the college student, the dedication is an extremely straightforward piece of writing.
This dissertation is dedicated to the memory of Jane Smith. Although she was my inspiration to pursue my doctoral degree, she was unable to see my graduation. This is for her.
For the acknowledgements, there are a variety of approaches. Rather than list them I've provided a list of dissertation acknowledgements examples for you to look at. What you write is pretty much up to you but make sure to give yourself time to look it over several times. Once it's printed or posted to your university repository it's difficult to change.
One thing that causes unnecessary stress for many doctoral candidates is writing their dissertation acknowledgements (The other stress is finding out for graduation.)
Other than the dedication, students will have another chance to recognize the people who helped them with the paper. In the acknowledgments section of the dissertation, students will need to recognize the professors, advisers, librarians, committee and researchers who made the dissertation possible. While some of these individuals may be directly involved in the process, others may be included in the acknowledgments for their morale support. A supportive spouse or parent may be included on occasion. Additionally, students should keep in mind all of the librarians at different archives and research assistants who helped with the research. While the committee members should be included for political reasons, the librarians and researchers should be acknowledged because they actually contributed to the completion of the dissertation.