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 2016 | Spring 2017 | Summer 2017

2016 Fall Term

 

Date Event
Mid-August December graduation application period opens
August 29 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 30 Fall term classes begin
September 19 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 6-9 Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
October 29 Homecoming
October 31-Nov. 13 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 24-27 Thanksgiving recess begins at close of classes
November 28 Classes resume
December 12 Fall term classes end
December 13-14 Reading Days
December 15-22 Final Examinations
December 22 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens

 

2017 Spring Term

 

Date Event
January 11 Spring term classes begin; Graduate Orientation for Spring
January 16 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
January 30 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 4 Spring recess begins at close of classes
March 13 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 20-April 2 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 26 Spring term classes end
April 27-April 28 Reading Days
May 1-9 Final Examinations
May 13 Alumni Day
May 14 Baccalaureate
May 15 Commencement

 

2017 Summer Sessions

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

 

Date Event
Early May August graduation application period opens
May 22 12-week evening session classes begin
May 22 First Session classes begin
May29 Memorial Day (no classes)
First week of June Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSI)
June 28 First Session classes end
June 29 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 4 Second Session classes end