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. Fall 2016

  2. Spring 2017

  3. Summer I 2017

  4. Summer II 2017

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)
Thurs Aug 11 Advisement and registration for new students only; continuing students arrive; move into residence halls
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 Semester classes begin;
Last day for registration for Spring Semester; (penalty fee of $125 apply for all returning students who failed to register during the University regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall Semester)
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. 13Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonJan. 16Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed*
WedJan. 18Last 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. 20Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriJan. 27Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriFeb. 3Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriFeb. 10Last day to drop courses with WD (Withdrawn) mark; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon- FriFeb 13 - 17Mid-Semester Evaluations
FriFeb. 17Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
TueFeb. 21Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due 12:00 noon
ThuFeb. 23Pierson Lecture - 7:00 p.m. Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 24 - Mar 24Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
FriFeb. 24Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriMar. 3Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-FriMar 6 - 10Spring Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar. 13Classes Resume; Fisk Renaissance Day
Mon-ThuMar 13 - Apr 3Registration for Summer and Fall Terms 2017
FriMar. 17Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriMar. 24Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonMar. 27Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall semester.
FriMar. 31Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Sun-SunApr. 2 - 988th Spring Arts Festival
Wed-ThuApr. 5 - 618th Fisk Research Symposium
Wed-ThuApr. 6Honors Convocation – 1:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Thu-SatApr. 6 - 8Spring Scholars’ Weekend
FriApr. 7Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
TueApr 11Last day to drop course with a grade of "WP" (Withdrawn Passing) or "WF" (Withdrawn Failing)
ThuApr. 13Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
FriApr. 14Good Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
WedApr. 19Spring Semester classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester; Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm noon
ThuApr. 20Final Examination Preparation Day
Fri-TuesApr 21 - Apr 25Final Examination Period for all registered students (Seniors, April 24-26)
FriApr. 21Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonApr. 24Grades for graduating seniors due in CAMS by 12 noon
FriApr. 28Last day for students to file for degree for August graduation date; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri-MonApr 28 - May 1Commencement Weekend
SatApr. 29Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via CAMS; grades due in CAMS by 12:00 noon; end of Spring term
SunApr. 30Baccalaureate Service – 10:00am – Fisk Memorial Chapel
MonMay. 1Commencement – 10:00am – The Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville, TN
FriMay. 5Last day of Spring Semester; last official day for faculty

Summer I 2017 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-FriMar 13 - Apr 7Registration for Summer Terms I and II
Mon-FriApr 22 - 26Special Registration for Summer Term I
SatApr. 29Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 am
TuesMay. 2Summer term I classes begin
FriMay. 5Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonMay. 8Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term I
FriMay. 5Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
Mon-FriMay 15 - 19Mid-Semester Evaluations
WedMay. 17Last day to drop courses with WD (Withdrawn) mark
ThursMay. 18Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
FriMay. 19Attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
TuesMay. 23Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
Wed-FriMay 24 - 26Final Examinations
FriMay. 26Summer term II classes end; Living-Learning Centers close 5:00pm;attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00pm
MonMay. 29Memorial Day, University closed
TuesMay. 30Last day for faculty to submit Summer term I grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon
FriJun. 2Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2017 graduation

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.
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

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.