Two words that people use a lot around the end of the PhD.
Finished makes me think that something is over. But there’s always more! More experiments, more words, more questions. So I don’t like finished for a thesis, a viva or a PhD. There’s always something more that could be added.
(could, not should)
Done doesn’t feel quite right either. It’s a bit too short, a bit final, a bit simple for the complex and messy nature of research.
The thesis, the viva, your PhD, they all mean something. Done and finished feel lacking.
The word I’m leaning towards is completed. Completed feels right. The thesis, the viva, your PhD can be completed. They have everything they need and it sounds like more of an achievement than simply being done.
If you’re on the path, I wish you all the best as you head to completion.