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Academic Calendar

GW's Academic Calendar details important dates such as holidays and exam days for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Please note that these dates are subject to change. For an extended look at specific GW class schedules and athletics and events calendars, see the University Calendar.

Fall Semester 2015

Classes Begin

Monday, August 31

Labor Day (no classes)

Monday, September 7

Thanksgiving Break (no classes)

Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28

Designated Thursday

Tuesday, December 8

*Regularly scheduled Tuesday classes will not meet.

Last Day of Classes (except Saturday)

Wednesday, December 9

Reading Day

Thursday, December 10

Last Saturday Class

Saturday, December 12

Final Examinations 

Friday, December 11 - Saturday, December 19
*Saturday exams will be held on December 19


Spring Semester 2016

Classes Begin

Monday, January 11

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)

Monday, January 18

President's Day (no classes)

Monday, February 15

Spring Break

Monday, March 14 – Saturday, March 19

Last Day of Classes

Monday, April 25

Make-Up Day

Tuesday, April 26

Designated Monday

Wednesday, April 27

Reading Days

Thursday, April 28 – Friday, April 29

Final Examinations

Monday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 10

Commencement Weekend

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Spring Degree Conferral

Sunday, May 15


Summer Semester 2016

Session I Begins (6, 8, 10 and 14-Week Sessions)

Monday, May 16

Memorial Day (no classes)

Monday, May 30

6-Week Session I Ends

Saturday, June 25

Independence Day Observed (no classes)

Monday, July 4

Session II Begins (6-Week Session)

Tuesday, July 5

8-Week Session I Ends

Saturday, July 9

10-week Session I Ends

Saturday, July 23

6-week session II Ends

Saturday, August 13

14-Week Session I Ends

Saturday, August 20