Abstract, dedication page, vita, acknowledgement(s), preface, table of contents , list of figures, etc the first page to display a number will be page iii (the abstract) the title page counts as page i and the signature page as page ii, but the numbers do not appear on these pages the small roman numeral page numbers. Every thesis must include an abstract not exceeding 300 words the abstract must contain no footnotes the abstract must appear immediately after the title page its format is governed by regulations 7 to 10 below 3 every thesis must contain a table of contents the table of contents must state the titles of the chapters and.