Academic Calendar

Faculty contract year begins Aug 22, 2022 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 7, 2022 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 5, 2022 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 24-Nov 27, 2022
Last class day Dec 14, 2022 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 15, 2022 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 16 (Friday)-Dec 22 (Thursday), 2022
Commencement (no exams) Dec 18, 2022 (Sunday)
Grading deadline Dec. 25, 2022 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 16, 2023 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 24, 2023 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 11-Mar 19, 2023
Classes resume Mar 20, 2023 (Monday)
Last class day May 5, 2023 (Friday)
Study day May 6, 2023 (Saturday)
Exams May 7 (Sunday)-May 12 (Friday) 2023
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 12, 2023 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 13, 2023 (Saturday)
Grading deadline May 15, 2023 (Monday)
Faculty contract year ends May 21, 2023 (Sunday)
4-week session May 22-Jun 16, 2023
3-week summer session
May 30-Jun 16, 2023
Memorial Day observed May 29, 2023 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 19-Aug 13, 2023
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2023 (Tuesday)
Grading deadline (8-week summer session) Aug 16, 2023 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 21, 2023 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 6, 2023 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 4, 2023 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 23-Nov 26, 2023
Last class day Dec 13, 2023 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 14, 2023 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 15 (Friday)-Dec 21 (Thursday), 2023
Commencement (no exams) Dec 17, 2023 (Sunday)
Grading deadline Dec 24, 2023 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 15, 2024 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 23, 2024 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 23-Mar 31, 2024
Classes resume Apr 1, 2024 (Monday)
Last class day May 3, 2024 (Friday)
Study day May 4, 2024 (Saturday)
Exams May 5 (Sunday)-May 10 (Friday) 2024
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 10, 2024 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
Grading deadline May 13, 2024 (Monday)
Faculty contract year ends May 19, 2024 (Sunday)
4-week session May 20-Jun 14, 2024
3-week summer session
May 28-Jun 14, 2024
Memorial Day observed May 27, 2024 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 17-Aug 11, 2024
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2024 (Thursday)
Grading deadline (8-week summer session) Aug 14, 2024 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 19, 2024 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 4, 2024 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 2, 2024 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 28-Dec 1, 2024
Last class day Dec 11, 2024 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 12, 2024 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 13 (Friday)-Dec 19 (Thursday), 2024
Commencement (no exams) Dec 15, 2024 (Sunday)
Grading deadline Dec 22, 2024 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20, 2025 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 21, 2025 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 15-Mar 23, 2025
Classes resume Mar 24, 2025 (Monday)
Last class day May 2, 2025 (Friday)
Study day May 3, 2025 (Saturday)
Exams May 4 (Sunday)-May 9 (Friday) 2025
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 9, 2025 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 10, 2025 (Saturday)
Grading deadline May 12, 2025 (Monday)
Faculty contract year ends May 18, 2025 (Sunday)
4-week session May 19-Jun 13, 2025
3-week summer session
May 27-Jun 13, 2025
Memorial Day observed May 26, 2025 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 16-Aug 10, 2025
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2025 (F)
Grading deadline (8-week summer session) Aug 13, 2025 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 18, 2025 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 3, 2025 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 1, 2025 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 27-Nov 30, 2025
Last class day Dec 10, 2025 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 11, 2025 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 12 (Friday)-Dec 18 (Thursday), 2025
Commencement (no exams) Dec 14, 2025 (Sunday)
Grading deadline Dec 21, 2025 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 19, 2026 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 20, 2026 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 28-Apr 5, 2026
Classes resume Apr 6, 2026 (Monday)
Last class day May 1, 2026 (Friday)
Study day May 2, 2026 (Saturday)
Exams May 3 (Sunday)-May 8 (Friday) 2026
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 8, 2026 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 9, 2026 (Saturday)
Grading deadline May 11, 2026 (Monday)
Faculty contract year ends May 17, 2026 (Sunda)
4-week session May 18-Jun 12, 2026
3-week summer session
May 26-Jun 12, 2026
Memorial Day observed May 25, 2026 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 15-Aug 9, 2026
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2026 (Saturday)
Grading deadline (8-week summer session) Aug 12, 2026 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 17, 2026 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 2, 2026 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 7, 2026 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 26-Nov 29, 2026
Last class day Dec 9, 2026 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 10, 2026 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 11 (Friday)-Dec 17 (Thursday), 2026
Commencement (no exams) Dec 13, 2026 (Sunday)
Grading deadline Dec 20, 2026 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 18, 2027 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 19, 2027 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 20-Mar 28, 2027
Classes resume Mar 29, 2027 (Monday)
Last class day Apr 30, 2027 (Friday)
Study day May 1, 2027 (Saturday)
Exams May 2 (Sunday)-May 7 (Friday) 2027
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 7, 2027 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 8, 2027 (Saturday)
Grading deadline May 10, 2027 (Monday)
Faculty contract year ends May 16, 2027 (Sunday)
4-week session May 17-Jun 11, 2027
3-week summer session
May 24-Jun 11, 2027
Memorial Day observed May 31, 2027 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 14-Aug 8, 2027
Independence Day observed Jul 5, 2027 (Monday)
Grading deadline (8-week summer session) Aug 11, 2027 (Monday)

Policy UW-880

August 18, 2022

TO:         Deans, Directors, Faculty, and Instructional Academic Staff

CC:         Facilities and Administrative Unit Directors, Teaching Assistants

FROM:    John Karl Scholz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty

RE:         Religious and Election Day Observances

We write to remind you of UW-Madison’s religious observances policy and to highlight faculty legislation regarding Election Day observances. State law mandates that any student with a conflict between an academic requirement and any religious observance must be given an alternative for meeting the academic requirement. A student’s claim of a religious conflict, which may include travel time, should be accepted at face value. There is no practical, dignified, or legal means to assess individual claims.

As you finalize your fall term syllabi, we encourage you whenever possible to avoid scheduling conflicts between examinations or other major course activities and religious observances that may be observed by a number of students in your class. Please indicate in your syllabus and announce to your students that when conflicts do arise, you and your teaching assistants will follow UW-Madison policy and provide accommodations.

The following guidelines are intended to provide clarity for both students and instructors:

  1. Announce to students early in the semester that they must notify you within the first two weeks of class which dates they request relief due to a religious observation or election official responsibility. Include this information on your course syllabus by referring to the policy or using the recommended course syllabus template (provost.wisc.edu/course-syllabi/), where a link to the religious observances policy is included.
  2. Make-ups may be scheduled before or after the regularly scheduled requirements.
  3. Instructors may set reasonable limits on the total number of days claimed by any student. Occasionally, students may not fully understand the necessity for prior notice, and under these circumstances we urge you to be as flexible as possible. Our policy is meant to be sensitive to the needs of individual students.
  4. Please refer to the following calendar for a listing, though not exhaustive, of religious observances, election days, and cultural observances. Note that some religions mark observances over multiple days, which may begin at sunset on the day preceding the posted date(s) of the holiday. The list does not include all possible religious observances and cultural observances that may be requested by students. It should be used as a guide for understanding potential scheduling conflicts for major religious observances that may be observed by a number of students in your class. As stated above, all requests from students should be taken at face value, whether or not the observance in question appears on this list.

This calendar is also available online at secfac.wisc.edu/academic-calendar and as a shared Outlook calendar named “SoF Academic Calendar & Religious Observances.”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty, 608-262-3958, sof@secfac.wisc.edu

John Zumbrunnen, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, 608-262-5701, zumbrunnen@wisc.edu

Christina Olstad, Dean of Students, 608-262-1451, dean@studentlife.wisc.edu

 

CALENDAR FOR FALL SEMESTER 2022

The list does not include all possible religious observances and cultural observances that may be requested by students, but rather should be used as a guide for understanding potential scheduling conflicts for major religious observances that may be observed by a number of students in your class.

Faculty contract year begins 22 August (Mon)
Paryushan Parva (Jain) 24 Aug – 1 Sep (Wed-Thu)
Labor Day 05 September (Mon)
Last day to cancel Fall enrollment and have no Fall transcript record 06 September (Tue)
Instruction begins 07 September (Wed)
Last day to withdraw for the Fall term or drop a Fall course and have no transcript record 14 September (Wed)
Last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped class 16 September (Fri)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) 26-27 September (Mon-Tue)*
Navaratri (Hindu) 26 Sept – 5 Oct (Mon-Wed)
Yom Kippur (Jewish) 5 October (Wed)*
Dussehra (Hindu) 5 October (Wed)
Sukkot (Jewish) 10-16 October (Mon-Sun)*
Simchat Torah (Jewish) 18 October (Tue)*
Diwali (multiple) 24 October (Mon)
Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í) 25-26 October (Tue-Wed)
Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í) 26-27 October (Wed-Thurs)
Samhain (multiple) 31 Oct – 1 Nov (Mon-Tue)
All Saints’ Day (Christian) 01 November (Tue)
Election Day 08 November (Tue)
Enrollment for Spring term begins 14 November (Mon)
Thanksgiving recess 24-27 November (Thu-Sun)
Last day to withdraw from Fall term (undergraduate students) 25 November (Fri)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian) 08 December (Thu)
Last day to withdraw from Fall term (graduate students) 14 December (Wed)
Last class day 14 December (Wed)
Study day 15 December (Thu)
Exam (summary) period 16-22 December (Fri-Thu)
Commencement (no exams) 18 December (Sun)**
Hanukkah (Jewish) 19-26 December (Mon-Mon)*

Fall 2022 Key Deadlines: registrar.wisc.edu/dates/

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for the Apply to Graduate deadline.

*        Observances of Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding that which is listed as the holiday.
**               The official date of degree conferral on the diploma will be 25 December 2022.

Gideon Elliott
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin – Madison
129 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1380

gideon.elliott@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3956

For questions about commencement, see: commencement.wisc.edu/
or email your questions to: commence@chancellor.wisc.edu

Apply to graduate deadline for Fall 2021: Friday, November 5

Apply to graduate deadline for Spring 2022: Friday, April 1

Final grades are due to the Office of the Registrar 72 hours after the last final exam day, regardless of whether or not a two-hour summary block exam was held. This is the deadline approved by the Faculty Senate.. For questions about final exams or submitting grades, please see the Office of the Registrar’s pages.