Yes folks, after seven years, I have written a dissertation, defended it, revised it, and submitted it. I defended my dissertation in front of my committee last July 30, and for the next couple of weeks, I have been revising it, until my adviser said that it was good. And yeah, that was a good feeling.
Hence, when he said that he only had stylistic comments, I met with him, and we went over it. Once it was finished, I submitted the PDF to the Graduate School. I paid 55 USD to have it copyrighted and filed to the United States Library of Congress. It will be available to the databases in a few weeks through ProQuest/UMI.
At the same time, my adviser told the department's Graduate Secretary that she could go ahead and turn in my M-Form to the Graduate School as well. Hence, all three elements in order to graduate in September are now in place: my M-Form, the dissertation, and the NSF survey, which I did a few weeks ago.
There, I am done with school. I am not a student anymore, as of the beginning of this month. Here's to new surroundings, new environments, and new challenges.