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 2016 to 2017.
Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar  or word version for 2017 to 2018.
Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar  or word version  for 2018 to 2019.

  1. Summer II 2017

  2. Fall 2017

  3. Spring 2018

  4. Summer I 2018

Summer II 2017 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-FriMar 13 - Apr 7Registration for Summer Terms II
Mon-FriMay 8 - 26Special Registration for Summer Term II
SatMay 27Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m.
MonMay 29Memorial Day* (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
TuesMay 30Summer Term II classes begin;
FriJun 2Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
TuesJun 6Last day to add/drop courses for Summer Term II
FriJun 9Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
WedJun 14Last day to drop courses with "WD" (Withdrawn) mark
FriJun 16Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-ThuJun 19 - 22Mid-term evaluations
FriJun 23Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriJun 30Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing); attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
TuesJul 4Independence Day: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
FriJul 7Summer term II classes end; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonJul 10Final Exams preparation day
Tues - FriJul 11 - 14Final Examinations
MonJul 17Last day for faculty to submit Summer term II grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon; end of Summer term II; Living-Learning Centers close by 5:00pm
FriJul 28Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2017 graduation

Fall 2017 Calendar

Day DateDescription
Fri Aug 4 All Faculty Return to Campus for a State of the University Convocation at 10:30am
Sat-Sun Aug 5-6 New students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; New Student and Parent Orientation
Mon-Tues Aug 7-8 Placement tests for Foreign Languages and Computer Proficiency for incoming freshmen
Mon-Fri Aug 7-11 New Students Orientation continues (Students only)
Thurs Aug 10 Advisement and registration for new students only; continuing students arrive; move into residence halls
FriAug. 11 Advisement and course registration for returning students ($200 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 7-25 Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating seniors
Mon Aug 14 Classes begin-first day of instruction
Thurs Aug 17 Opening Convocation – 10:00am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at other hours
Thurs-FriAug 17-18 Credit by Examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
Thu Aug. 24 Last day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
Fri Aug 25Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Tue Aug. 29 University Census Date
Mon Sept. 4 Labor Day: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
FriSept. 8 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Fri Sept. 15 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
Mon Sept. 18 Constitution Day
Sat Sept. 23 Senior Exam Preparation Workshop
Mon-Fri Sept 25 - 29Mid-Semester evaluations
Mon Oct 2 Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due at 12 noon
Wed Oct. 4 Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering freshmen
Wed-Wed Oct 4 - 25Computer 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)
Fri Oct. 6 Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Fri Oct 6 Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-TuesOct 9-10Fall Break: No classes, university remains open
WedOct. 11 Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Spring Semester
FriOct. 13Unveiling the Fisk Experience
Fri-FriOct 20 - Nov 10Registration for Spring Semester 2018
FriOct. 20Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date.
FriOct. 27Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors (4-6pm);
Mon-FriOct 30 - Nov 17Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
Sun-Sun Nov 5 - 12 Homecoming Week
Tues Nov. 14 Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Mon-Fri Nov 20 - 24 Thanksgiving Recess: No classes. University open: Nov. 20-21; closed Nov. 22-24*
Thurs Nov 30 Last day of instruction, and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) grade from previous semester
Fri Dec 1 Final Examination Preparation Day
Sat-Wed Dec 2 - 6 Final Examination Period for all registered students. Exams Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until noon
Tues Dec. 5 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams completed by Monday, Dec 4
Wed Dec. 6 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams completed by Tuesday, Dec 5
Thurs Dec. 7 Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS, by 5:00pm for courses whose exams were given on Wednesday, Dec. 6; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri Dec. 8 Last day of Fall Semester
Mon-Tues Dec 22 - Dec 26 Christmas break; University closed.*
Fri-Mon Dec 15 - Jan 1 Winter break; University closed.*
Mon Jan. 2 New Year’s Eve (observed); University closed.*

Spring 2018 Calendar

DayDateDescription
TuesJan. 2New Year’s Day (observed); University closed.*
WedJan. 3University opens: Faculty and Staff return to Campus
WedJan. 3Students arrive; Living-Learning Centers open at 9:00am New Student and Parent Orientation
WedJan. 3Spanish Placement test and Computer Science Proficiency test for new students; advising and registration (1:30 pm to 5:00 pm)
ThuJan. 4Spring Semester classes begin; Last day for registration for Spring Semester; (penalty fee of $200 applies for all returning students who failed to register during the University’s regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall Semester)
ThurJan. 11Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation – 10:00 am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at all other hours
MonJan. 15Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed*
TuesJan. 16Last 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. 19Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
WedJan. 24University Census Date
FriFeb. 9Last day to drop courses with WD (Withdrawn) mark; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon- FriFeb 12 - 16Mid-Semester Evaluations
TueFeb. 20Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due 12:00 noon
ThuFeb. 22Pierson Lecture - 7:00 p.m. Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 23 - Mar 23Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Mon-FriMar 5 - 9Spring Recess; No classes, university closed
MonMar. 12Classes Resume; Fisk Renaissance Day
Mon-ThuMar 12 - Apr 5Registration for Summer and Fall Terms 2018
MonMar. 26Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall semester.
FriMar. 30Good Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Wed-ThuApr. 4 - 518th Annual Fisk Research Symposium
ThuApr. 5Honors Convocation – 1:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Sun-MonApr. 8 - 9The Rise of the Talented Tenth Yield Program
Sun-SunApr. 8 - 1588th Annual Spring Arts Festival
TueApr 9Last day to drop course with a grade of "WP" (Withdrawn Passing) or "WF" (Withdrawn Failing)
ThuApr. 19Spring Semester classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from the previous semester.
FriApr. 20Final Examination Preparation Day
Sat-WedApr 21 - Apr 25Final Examination Period for all registered students (Seniors, April 20-22)
TuesApr. 24Grades for graduating seniors due in CAMS by 12 noon
FriApr. 27Last day for students to file for degree for August graduation date; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
FriApr. 27Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via CAMS; grades due in CAMS by 12:00 noon; end of Spring term
Fri-MonMay 4 - 7Commencement Weekend
SunMay 6Baccalaureate Service – 10:00am – Fisk Memorial Chapel
MonMay. 7Commencement – 10:00am – The Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville, TN
MonMay. 7Last day of Spring Semester; last official day for faculty

Summer I 2017 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-FriMar 12 - Apr 6Registration for Summer Terms I and II
Mon-FriApr 23 - 27Special Registration for Summer Term I
SatApr. 28Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 am
MonApr. 30Summer term I classes begin
MonMay. 7Commencement; no classes
TueMay. 8Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term I
FriMay. 11Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonMay. 14University Census Date
Mon-FriMay 14 - 18Mid-Semester Evaluations
WedMay. 16Last day to drop courses with WD (Withdrawn) mark
ThursMay. 17Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
TuesMay. 22Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
Wed-FriMay 23 - 25Final Examinations
FriMay. 25Summer term II classes end; Living-Learning Centers close 5:00pm
MonMay. 28Memorial Day, University closed
TuesMay. 29Last day for faculty to submit Summer term I grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon
FriJun. 1Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2017 graduation

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.