Academic Calendar

The primary purpose of the Academic Calendar is to serve as an information source and planning document for faculty, staff, departments and students. The academic calendar is set based on Fisk University approved guidelines. The academic calendar adheres to the University Policy of legislated contractual days of instruction.  Mandated dates in the academic calendar include the following: term start and end dates, breaks, registration, study days, final exam period, and commencement. All documents are in PDF format.

Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar or word version for 2015 to 2016.

Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar or word version for 2016 to 2017.

  1. Spring 2016

  2. Summer 2016

  3. Fall 2016

  4. Spring 2017

Spring 2016 Calendar

DayDateDescription
MonJan. 4University opens:
Faculty and Staff return to Campus
MonJan. 4Students arrive;
Living-Learning Centers open at 9:00 a.m. New Student and Parent Orientation
MonJan. 4Spanish Placement test and Computer Science Proficiency test for new students; advising and registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm)
WedJan. 6Spring term classes begin;
Last day for registration for Spring term; (penalty fee of $125 apply for all returning students who failed to register during the University regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall term)
FriJan. 8First attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
Mon - FriJan 11 - Feb 5Registration for Maymester and Summer School 2016
ThuJan. 14Martin Luther King Convocation, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.; classes as usual at all other hours
FriJan. 15Second attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
MonJan. 18Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed*
TueJan. 19Last day to add courses for Spring Semester (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual class withdrawals made)
FriJan. 22Third attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
Mon-MonFeb 1 - Feb 29Black History Month; credit by examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
FriFeb. 12Last day to drop courses with "WD" (Withdrawn) mark
Mon- FriFeb 15-19Mid-Semester evaluations
TueFeb. 23Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
ThuFeb. 25Pierson Lecture 7:00 p.m. Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 26 - Mar 24Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Tue-ThuMar 1 - Mar 31Women's Month
Mon-FriMar 7-11Spring Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar. 14Classes resume
Mon-ThuMar 14 - Mar 24Registration for Fall and Spring Terms 2016-2017
ThuMar. 26Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
FriMar 25Good Friday;
University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar 28Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar;
Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall Semester.
Sun-SunApr. 3-1087th Annual Spring Arts Festival
Wed-ThuApr 6-718th Annual Fisk Research Symposium
ThuApr. 7Research and Honors Convocation 1:00 p.m.
Thu-SatApr 7-9Spring Scholars’ Weekend
TueApr. 12Last day to drop course with a grade of "WP" (Withdrawn Passing) or "WF" (Withdrawn Failing)
WedApr 20Spring Semester classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester;
Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon
ThuApr. 21Final Examination Preparation Day
Fri-TuesApr 22-26Final Examination Period for all registered students (Seniors, April 23-25)
MonApr. 25Last day for faculty to submit graduating senior grades via CAMS; Grades due 12 noon
ThuApr. 28Sesquicentennial Gala/President’s Scholarship Benefit, Music City Center
FriApr 29Last day for students to file for degree for August graduation date; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri-MonApr. 29 - May 2Sesquicentennial Reunion/Commencement Weekend
SatApr 30Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via CAMS; Grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon;
end of Spring term
SunMay 1Sesquicentennial Baccalaureate Service
MonMay 2SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMENCEMENT
FriMay 6Last official day for faculty
Tue-FriMay 3- May 31Summer Term I (Maymester)

Summer 2016 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-ThuMar 14 - Mar 24Registration for Summer term
Mon-FriMay 9 - 27Special Registration for Summer School
SatMay. 28Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m.
MonMay. 30Memorial Day* (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
TuesMay. 31Summer term classes begin;
TuesJun. 7Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term
FriJun. 10Atendance verification in CAMS**, due 12 noon
WedJun. 15Last day to drop courses with "WD" (Withdrawn) mark
Mon-ThuJun 20 - 23Mid-term evaluations
FriJun. 24Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS;Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12 noon
FriJul 1Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
MonJul 4Independence Day (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
FriJul. 8Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12 noon
FriJul. 8Summer term classes end;
MonJul. 11Final exams preparation day
Tues - FriJul 12-15Final Examinations
MonJul. 18Last day for faculty to submit Summer term grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon; Attendance verification in CAMS**, due 12:00 noon;
end of Summer term;
residence halls close by 5:00 p.m.
FriJul. 29Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August graduation 2016

Fall 2016 Calendar

Day DateDescription
Fri Aug 5 All Faculty Return to Campus for a State of the University Convocation at 10:30am
Sat-Sun Aug 6-7 New students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; New Student and Parent Orientation
Mon-Tues Aug 8-9 Placement tests for Foreign Languages and Computer Proficiency for incoming freshmen
Mon-Fri Aug 8-12 New Students Orientation continues (Students only)
FriAug. 12 Advisement and course registration for returning students ($125 penalty fee applies for returning students who failed to register during the University’s regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Spring term)
Mon-Fri Aug 8-26 Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating seniors
Mon Aug 15 Classes begin-first day of instruction
Thurs Aug 18 Opening Convocation – 10:00am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at other hours
Thurs-FriAug 18-19 Credit by Examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
Fri Aug 19Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Fri Aug 26Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon Aug. 29 Last day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
Fri Sept. 2 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon Sept. 5 Labor Day: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
FriSept. 9 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Fri Sept. 16 Constitution Day; last day to drop classes with a “WD” (withdrawn) mark; senior audits die in the Registrar’s Office; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Fri Sept. 23 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Sat Sept. 24 Senior Exam Preparation Workshop
Mon-Fri Sept 26 - 30Mid-Semester evaluations
FriSept.30 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon Oct 3 Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due at 12 noon
Wed Oct. 5 Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering freshmen
Thurs Oct. 6 Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Fri Oct 7 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Wed-Wed Oct 5 - 26Computer Proficiency Examination; mandatory for Sophomores or Juniors who have not taken or do not plan to take CSCI 100 or BAD 110; credit by examination administered (other times by permission of Provost)
Mon-TuesOct 10-11Fall Break
WedOct. 12 Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Spring Semester
FriOct. 14Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Thurs-SatOct 20 - 22Campus Open House
Fri-FriOct 21 - Nov 11Registration for Spring Semester 2016
FriOct. 21Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriOct. 28Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-FriOct 31 - Nov 18Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
Fri Nov. 4 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Sun-Sun Nov 6 - 13 Homecoming Week
Fri Nov 11 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Tues Nov. 15 Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri Nov. 18Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-Fri Nov 21 - 25 Thanksgiving Recess: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Thurs Dec 1 Last day of instruction, and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) grade from previous semester
Fri Dec 2 Final Examination Preparation Day; Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Sat-Wed Dec 3 - 7 Final Examination Period for all registered students. Exams Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until noon
Tues Dec. 6 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams completed by Monday, Dec 5
Wed Dec. 7 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams completed by Tuesday, Dec 6
Thurs Dec. 8 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS, by 5:00pm for courses whose exams were given on Wednesday, Dec. 7; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri Dec. 9 Last day of Fall Semester
Mon-Sun Dec 12 - Jan 2 Faculty, staff and administration winter holiday break; University closed.*

Spring 2017 Calendar

DayDateDescription
TuesJan. 3University opens: Faculty and Staff return to Campus
TuesJan. 3Students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m. New Student and Parent Orientation
TuesJan. 3Spanish Placement test and Computer Science Proficiency test for new students; advising and registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm)
WedJan. 4Spring term classes begin;
Last day for registration for Spring term; (penalty fee of $125 apply for all returning students who failed to register during the University regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall term)
FriJan. 6Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
ThuJan. 12Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation – 10:00 am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at all other hours
FriJan. 16Second attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonJan. 19Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed*
TueJan. 20Last day to add courses for Spring term (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual class withdrawals made)
FriJan. 23Third attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Sun-SatFeb 1 - Feb 28Black History Month; credit by examination administered (other times by permission of Provost)
FriFeb. 13Last day to drop courses with WD (Withdrawn) mark
Mon- FriFeb 16 - 20Mid-semester evaluations
TueFeb. 24Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via Banner Web, grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
ThuFeb. 26Pierson Lecture 7:00 p.m. Appleton of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 27 - Mar 27Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Sun-TueMar 1- Mar 31Women's Month
Mon-FriMar 2 - 6Spring Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar. 9Classes resume
Mon-FriMar 16 - Apr 24Registration for Fall term
ThuMar. 26Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonMar. 30Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for study abroad for Fall semester.
FriApr 3Good Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Sun-SunApr. 5-12Spring Arts Festival
Wed-ThuApr. 8-9Fisk Research Symposium
ThuApr 9Research and Honors Convocation 1:00 p.m.
Thu-SatApr. 9-11Spring Scholars’ Weekend
TueApr 14Last day to drop course with a grade of "WP" (Withdrawn Passing) or "WF" (Withdrawn Failing)
WedApr. 22Spring term classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester; Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
ThuApr. 23Final examination preparation day
Fri-TuesApr 24 - Apr 28Final examination period for all registered students ( Seniors, April 23-25)
MonApr. 27Last day for faculty to submit graduating senior grades via Banner Web; Grades due 12 noon
FriApr. 30Last day for students to file for degree for August graduation date;
residence halls close 12:00 noon
SatMay 2Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via Banner Web; Grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon;
end of Spring term
MonMay. 4COMMENCEMENT
FriMay. 8Last official day for faculty
Tue-FriMay. 5 - May 29MAYMESTER

All dates are subject to change.


*Essential personnel, to include Facilities & Grounds and Public Safety personnel may be required, if business operations warrant working on any of these designated holidays. When this occurs, the supervisor schedules time off as holiday time for the staff member within the next ninety (90) days.  For hourly-paid staff, if the department cannot provide holiday time off within ninety (90) days, the staff member will be paid for that holiday.

**If required; otherwise, daily attendance from the instructor will be submitted via CAMS.