Academic Calendar

4-week summer session May 20-Jun 14, 2019
3-week summer session May 28-Jun 14, 2019
8-week summer session Jun 17-Aug 9, 2019
Faculty contract year begins Aug 19, 2019 (Monday)
Labor Day Sep 2, 2019 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 4, 2019 (Wednesday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 28-Dec 1, 2019
Last class day Dec 11, 2019 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 12, 2019 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 13 (Friday)-Dec 19 (Thursday), 2019
Commencement (no exams) Dec 15, 2019 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20, 2020 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 21, 2020 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 14-22, 2020
Classes resume Mar 23, 2020 (Monday)
Last class day May 1, 2020 (Friday)
Study day May 2, 2020 (Saturday)
Exams May 3 (Sunday)-May 8 (Friday), 2020
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 8, 2020 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 9, 2020 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 17, 2020 (Sunday)
Memorial Day observed May 25, 2020 (Monday)
4-week summer session May 18-Jun 12, 2020
3-week summer session
May 26-Jun 12, 2020
8-week summer session begins Jun 15-Aug 7, 2020
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2020 (Saturday)

Faculty contract year begins Aug 17, 2020 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 2, 2020 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 7, 2020 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 26-Nov 29, 2020
Last class day Dec 10, 2020 (Thursday)
Study day Dec 11, 2020 (Friday)
Exams Dec 12 (Saturday)-Dec 18 (Friday), 2020
Commencement (no exams) Dec 13, 2020 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 18, 2021 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 19, 2021 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 27-Apr 4, 2021
Classes resume Apr 5, 2021 (Monday)
Last class day Apr 30, 2021 (Friday)
Study day May 1, 2021 (Saturday)
Exams May 2 (Saturday)-May 7 (Friday) 2021
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 7, 2021 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 8, 2021 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 16, 2021 (Sunday)
4-week session May 17-Jun 11, 2021
3-week summer session
May 24-Jun 11, 2021
Memorial Day observed May 31, 2021 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 14-Aug 6, 2021
Independence Day observed Jul 5, 2021 (Monday)

 

Faculty contract year begins Aug 23 2021 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 8, 2021 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 6, 2021 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 25-Nov 28, 2021
Last class day Dec 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 16, 2021 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 17 (Friday)-Dec 23 (Thursday), 2021
Commencement (no exams) Dec 19, 2021 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 17, 2022 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 25, 2022 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 12-Mar 20, 2022
Classes resume Mar 21, 2022 (Monday)
Last class day May 6, 2022 (Friday)
Study day May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
Exams May 8 (Saturday)-May 13 (Friday) 2022
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 13, 2022 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 14, 2022 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 22, 2022 (Sunday)
4-week session May 23-Jun 17, 2022
3-week summer session
May 31-Jun 17, 2022
Memorial Day observed May 30, 2022 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 20-Aug 12 2022
Independence Day observed July 4, 2022 (Monday)
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)
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)
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 11, 2023
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2023 (Tuesday)
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)
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)
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 9, 2024
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2024 (Thursday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 19, 2024 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 4, 2024 (W)
Labor Day Sep 2, 2024 (M)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 28-Dec 1, 2024
Last class day Dec 11, 2024 (W)
Study day Dec 12, 2024 (R)
Exams Dec 13 (F)-Dec 19 (R), 2024
Commencement (no exams) Dec 15, 2024 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20, 2025 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 21, 2025 (T)
Spring recess Mar 15-Mar 23, 2025
Classes resume Mar 24, 2025 (M)
Last class day May 2, 2025 (F)
Study day May 3, 2025 (S)
Exams May 4 (N)-May 9 (F) 2025
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 9, 2025 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 10, 2025 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 18, 2025 (N)
4-week session May 19-Jun 13, 2025
3-week summer session
May 27-Jun 13, 2025
Memorial Day observed May 26, 2025 (M)
8-week summer session
Jun 16-Aug 8, 2025
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2025 (F)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 18, 2025 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 3, 2025 (W)
Labor Day Sep 1, 2025 (M)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 27-Nov 30, 2025
Last class day Dec 10, 2025 (W)
Study day Dec 11, 2025 (R)
Exams Dec 12 (F)-Dec 18 (R), 2025
Commencement (no exams) Dec 14, 2025 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 19, 2026 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 20, 2026 (T)
Spring recess Mar 28-Apr 5, 2026
Classes resume Apr 6, 2026 (M)
Last class day May 1, 2026 (F)
Study day May 2, 2026 (S)
Exams May 3 (N)-May 8 (F) 2026
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 8, 2026 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 9, 2026 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 17, 2026 (N)
4-week session May 18-Jun 12, 2026
3-week summer session
May 26-Jun 12, 2026
Memorial Day observed May 25, 2026 (M)
8-week summer session
Jun 15-Aug 7, 2026
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2026 (S)

12 August 2019

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

CC: Facilities and Administrative Unit Directors, Teaching Assistants

FROM: Karl Scholz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Steven K. Smith, Secretary of the Faculty

RE: Religious Observances

We would like to remind you of the faculty policy that mandatory academic requirements should not be scheduled on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent. Some religions mark observances over multiple days, which may begin at sunset on the day preceding the posted date(s) of the holiday. Major religious holidays during the Fall 2019 semester include the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah (September 30th – October 1st) and Yom Kippur (October 9th). In addition, given our university’s multicultural community, there are bound to be conflicts between mandatory academic requirements and other religious observances. See interfaith-calendar.org for a listing, though not exhaustive, of religious holidays. Please refer to the calendar below for additional information, and note the holidays so that you do not schedule mandatory exercises on any of these dates.

A student’s claim of a religious conflict, which may include travel time, should be accepted at face value. A great variety of valid claims exist for religious groups, and there is no practical, dignified, and legal means to assess the validity of individual claims. 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. The law also stipulates that students be given a mechanism by which they can conveniently and confidentially notify an instructor of the conflict.

Please adhere to the following three guidelines that have been developed to provide clarity for both students and instructors: (1) Announce early in the semester that your students must notify you within the first two weeks of class of the specific days or dates on which they request relief. Including this information on your course syllabus is another appropriate method to make sure your students are informed of the policy. (2) Make ups may be scheduled before or after the regularly scheduled requirements. (3) It is understood that instructors may set reasonable limits on the total number of days claimed by any one 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 seeks to be sensitive to the needs of individual students.

Please advise your teaching assistants of this policy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Steven K. Smith, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, 608-265-4562, sof@secfac.wisc.edu
Steven M. Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, 608-262-5246, steven.cramer@wisc.edu
Christina Olstad, Dean of Students, 608-263-5700, dean@studentlife.wisc.edu

CALENDAR FOR FALL SEMESTER 2019

Key Academic Deadlines:
registrar.wisc.edu/dates/

[The following holidays also fall on class days during the 2020 spring term: Passover, April 8-16; Good Friday, April 10; Ramadan***, begins April 23.]

* In accordance with regent and faculty policy, faculty are asked not to schedule mandatory exercises on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent from the university.

** Observances of Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding that which is listed as the holiday.

*** Islamic holidays are based on the lunar cycle and dates may vary by one day from those listed.

**** The official date of degree conferral on the diploma will be 22 December 2019.

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

jane.richard@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3958

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