We use the term “deadline” in our Nanodegree programs in one of two ways:
Ongoing suggested deadlines for individual projects.
The deadlines you see in your classroom are suggestions for when you should ideally pass each project. They are meant to help keep you on track so that you maintain an appropriate pace throughout the program in order to graduate on time.
A final term deadline for passing all projects in the Nanodegree program.
Passing a project in this context means that a Udacity reviewer has marked all of your projects as “Meets Specifications” by the final term deadline. In order to graduate, you have to pass all projects by the last day of your term in order to graduate and received your credential.
It is very important to understand the distinction between the two, as your progress in your program is measured against the deadlines we have established and that are built into the classroom.