Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 2015-16

Aug || Sept || Oct || Nov || Dec || Jan || Feb || Mar || Apr || May || June || July


August 19

  • August 2015 Degree Conferral
  • Deadline to sign up with Gail Conner [[gaconn, email]] for Fall Semester Foreign Language Exam

August 22

  • 10am – Noon   A&S Office of Research and Graduate Studies: New Graduate Student Orientation (Mandatory) - Chesapeake B and C, Sadler Center (refreshments will be provided)
  • 12 p.m.-1:45pm. A&S Office of Research and Graduate Studies: New T.A/T.F. Orientation and Training (working lunch provided); York Room,  Sadler Center

August 23

  • 11:00 a.m. History Department Orientation all new graduate students Dept. Library, Blair 206
  • 1:00 p.m. History Department Orientation all continuing graduate students, Dept. Library Blair 206

August 24

  • First day of classes - Add/Drop begins
  • PhD students, after their comps, must submit dissertation prospectus to their dissertation advisor

August 26

  • Foreign Language Examination

September 2

September 7

  • Labor Day - Classes Meet/Offices Closed

September 30

  • Last day to file Notice of Candidacy with the University Registrar for JANUARY 2017 Graduation. The Notice of Candidacy form can be obtained from the Registrar's website.
  • Apply to graduate in May or August 2017

 October 8-11

  • Fall Break


  • Advance spring registration for continuing students

October 21

  • Last day to withdraw from a course

November 1

  • M.A. students must select a thesis advisor by this date

November 11

November 23 - November 27

  • Thanksgiving Break

December 2

December 5-9, 12-14

  • Final Examinations (Reading Periods December 3-4, 10-11)

December 16 - January 15

  • Schedule Adjustment Period

January 13

  • Winter Graduate Degree Conferral (no ceremony)

January 18

  • First day of spring classes

January 20

  • Foreign Language Examination

January 23

January 27

  • MA Committee appointment form due to Gail Conner, Graduate Supervisor
  • Last day to add/drop courses for spring

January 30

  • Withdrawal period begins - see Graduate Registrar for additional information/assistance


  • Open House

March 2

March 4 - 12

  • Spring Break

March 13 - 17

  • Written doctoral comprehensive examinations

March 17

  • Last day to withdraw from a course

March TBA

  • Fall priority registration for continuing students

March 24

March 27 - April 14

  • Oral doctoral comprehensive examinations

March 31 - June 30

  • Schedule adjustment/registration for continuing students

April 3

  • Deadline for applications for Provost's Summer Grants for Graduate Research
  • Deadline to sign up with the graduate program coordinator for April 8th foreign language exams
  • Deadline for establishing comprehensive qualifying committee for doctoral students taking these exams next spring (2016)
  •  Last  day to submit application for summer stipend [doc], due by the first Monday in April.  Note: For students taking the doctoral comprehensive examinations in the Spring 2016 this application must include tentative reading lists for your comprehensive examination fields

April 7

  • Thesis/Dissertation Defense Completion Deadline for May 2016 Graduation
  • Spring Language Exam
  • Last day for doctoral students in 4th year of graduate study to submit names of dissertation advisers and tentative dissertation topics (with MA year as "first year", then 2nd year is course work, 3rd year, 1st term is course work, 3rd year, 2nd term is comprehensive examination)
  • If the time to complete your dissertation expires between December and May, the deadline to request an extension is on or before April 11th

April 14

April 21

  • ABDs students who taught as instructors of record in the fall for the first time must have held a dissertation prospectus colloquium by this date

April 28

  • End of Classes


  • Research portfolio defense

May 1-5, 8-10

  • Final Examinations (Reading Periods April 29-30, May 6-7)

May 13

  • Commencement (Saturday)

May 14

  • History Department Commencement


  • Apprenticeship Programs End for the Year (Reves, Swem, and CW usually end earlier than the Institute)

June 2

June 23


July 14

July 31 - August 26

  • New Student Registration