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Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 2020-2021

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

August 18
  • Add/Drop begins at 1pm

August 19

  • Frist day of classes
  • PhD students, after their comps, must submit dissertation prospectus to their dissertation advisor

August 21

  • Foreign Language Examination

August 23

  • August Degrees conferred

September 7

  • Labor Day - Classes Meet/Offices Closed

 October 26- 30

  • Written comprehensive exams

October 30


November 13

November 16-24

  • Final Exams

November 20

November 25

  • Move-out

December 7

  • Grades are due for fall

January 22

January 27

  • MA Committee appointment form due to Prof. Mapp, Graduate Director (Remember, the committee that you write down here has to be used for all forms going forward)
January 31
  • Last day to add/drop courses for spring


  • Open House
February 1
  • Withdrawal period begins - see Graduate Registrar for additional information/assistance

March 1

March 7-15

  • Spring Break

March 20

  • Last day to withdraw from a course

March TBA

  • Fall priority registration for continuing students

March 20-21

March 27

April 1

  • Deadline for applications for Provost's Summer Grants for Graduate Research
  • Deadline for establishing comprehensive qualifying committee for doctoral students taking these exams next fall (2020)
  •  Last day to submit application for summer stipend, due by the first Monday in April.  Note: For students taking the doctoral comprehensive examinations in the Fall 2020 this application must include tentative reading lists for your comprehensive examination fields

April 9

April 9

  • 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 15

  • Master's Portfolio Approval Pages must be submitted to the OGSR for review by this date

April 23

April 30



  • Research portfolio defense

May 1

  • End of Classes

May 4-13

  • Final Examinations 

May 15-17

  • Commencement weekend


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

June 1


July 9

July 23

July 30