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 2018 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2019

2018 Fall Term

Date Event
Mid-August December graduation application period opens
August 27 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 28 Fall term classes begin
September 17 Add period ends – last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 4-7 Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
November 3 Homecoming
October 29-Nov. 11 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 22-25 Thanksgiving recess begins at close of classes
November 26 Classes resume
December 10 Fall term classes end
December 11-12 Reading Days
December 13-20 Final Examinations
December 20 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens

2019 Spring Term

Date Event
January 16 Spring term classes begin
January 21 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
February 4 Add period ends – last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 2 Spring recess begins at close of classes
March 11 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 26-April 8 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
May 1 Spring term classes end
May 2-3 Reading Days
May 6-14 Final Examinations
May 18 Alumni Day
May 19 Baccalaureate
May 20 Commencement

2019 Summer Sessions

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

Date Event
Early May August graduation application period opens
May 28 12-week evening session classes begin
May 28 First Session classes begin
May 27 Memorial Day (no classes)
First week of June Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSI)
July 3 First Session classes end
July 5 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 9 Second Session classes end