Graduate Academic Calendar

The calendar below supplements the university's Three-Year Academic Calendar, which is created primarily for undergraduate use. Many of the dates overlap, but dates highlighted in yellow are specific to Graduate students.

Jump to: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016 | Summer 2016

2015 Fall Term

 

Date Event
Mid-August December graduation application period opens
August 24 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 26 Fall term classes begin
September 14 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 8-11 Fall term break (Saturday through Tuesday)
November 7 Homecoming
October 26-November 8 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 2 6 Thanksgiving recess begins at close of classes
November 30 Classes resume
December 8 Fall term classes end
December 9-10 Reading Days
December 11-18 Final Examinations
December 1 8 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens

 

2016 Spring Term

 

Date Event
January 13 Spring term classes begin; Graduate Orientation for Spring
January 18 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
February 1 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 5 Spring recess begins at close of classes
March 14 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 21-April 3 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 27 Spring term classes end
April 28-April 29 Reading Days
May 2-10 Final Examinations
May 14 Alumni Day
May 15 Baccalaureate
May 16 Commencement

 

2016 Summer Sessions

(Consult this calendar as well: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/calendar)

 

Date Event
Early May August graduation application period opens
May 23 12-week evening session classes begin
May 23 First Session classes begin
May30 Memorial Day (no classes)
First week of June Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSI)
June 29 First Session classes end
June 30 Second Session classes begin
July 4 Independence Day Observed (no classes)
Second week of July Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSII)
August 5 Second Session classes end