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. 

  1. Fall 2019

  2. Spring 2020

  3. Summer I 2020

  4. Summer II 2020

Fall 2019 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Fri26-JulPayment due date
Fri5-AugAll Faculty return to campus for a State of the University Convocation at 10:30am
Sat-SunAug 3-4New Students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; New Student and Parent Orientation
Mon-TuesAug 5-6Math Placement Test for New Students
Mon-FriAug 5-9New Students Orientation continues (Students only)
WedAug 7New International Students Orientation
ThursAug 8Ongoing advisement and registration for New Students only
FriAug 9Advisement 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)
SatAug 10Returning Students arrive; Residence Halls open at 9:00pm
Mon-FriAug 12-23Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating Seniors
MonAug 12Classes begin-first day of instruction
ThursAug 15Opening Convocation – 10:00am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at other hours
Thurs-FriAug 15-16Credit by Examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
Mon19-AugLast day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
Fri30-AugGo "Official" (Bursar function)
Fri30-AugUniversity Census Date (Registrar function)
MonSept 2Labor Day; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
FriSept 13Constitution Day; last day to drop classes with a “WD” (withdrawn) mark; Senior Audits due in the Registrar’s Office;
Tues17-SepMandatory Faculty Development
SatSept 21Senior Exam Preparation Workshop
Mon-FriSept 23-27Mid-Semester evaluations
MonSept 30Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due at 12 noon
WedOct 2Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering Freshmen
Fri4-OctBusiness Holds for balance and/or delinquent payment plan payments
SunOct 6Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Fisk Memorial Chapel
Wed-WedOct 2 - 23Computer 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)
WedOct 16Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Spring Semester
Thur-SatOct 17-19Campus Open House
FriOct 18Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date
Sun- FriOct 20 - Nov 1Registration opens for Winter/December-mester 2019
FriOct 25Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors
Mon-FriOct 28 - Nov 15Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
Fri-FriNov 1- 22 Registration opens for Spring 2020
Sun-SunNov 3 - 10Homecoming Week
TuesNov 12Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri15-NovPayment Plan Late Fee $50.00 Assessed
Tues19-NovLast day of instruction, and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) grade from previous semester
Tues19-NovLast day to Officially Withdraw from the University
Wed20-NovFinal Examination Preparation Day
Thurs-Sat & MonNov 21-23 & 25Final Examinations Period for all registered students.
Mon25-NovFaculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 12:00pm for all courses whose exams were completed by Saturday, Nov. 23
Mon-SunNov 25-Dec 1Winter/December-mester Term registration reopens
Tues26-NovFaculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams were given Monday, Nov. 25
Wed27-NovLiving-Learning Centers close at 12:00 noon
Wed-FriNov 27 - 29Thanksgiving Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Mon-WedDec 2-30Winter/December-mester 2019 Term
Mon2-DecClasses begin-first day of instruction
Fri6-DecLast day to add/drop courses for Winter/December-mester Term
Mon9-DecLast day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Mon-ThusDec 16 - Jan 1Faculty, Staff and Administration Winter holiday break; University closed.
Fri27-DecClasses end-last day of instruction
Sat28-DecFinal Exams
Mon30-DecFaculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 12:00pm
Mon30-DecLast day of Winter/December-mester Term
All dates are subject to change

Spring 2020 Calendar

Day Date Description
Wed1-JanNew Year’s Day; University closed
Thur2-JanSP-20 Payment Due Date
Thur2-JanStudents arrive; Living-Learning Centers open at 9:00am New Student and Parent Orientation.
Thur2-Jan Math Placement test for New Students; Advising and Registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00pm)
Thur2-JanUniversity opens: Faculty and Staff return to Campus
Fri3-JanSpring semester classes begin-first day of instruction
Fri10-JanLast day for Registration & to ADD/DROP courses without transcript designation & without financial impact
Fri17-JanDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation – 10:00 am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at all other hours
Mon20-JanDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; University closed
Tues21-JanGo "Official" (Bursar function)
Wed22-JanUniversity Census Date (Registrar function)
Wed22-JanUniversity Assessment Day
Tues28-JanMandatory Faculty Development
Fri7-FebLast day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon-FriFeb 10 - 14Mid-Semester Evaluations
Mon17-FebFaculty submit SU-1-20 and SU-2-20 course offerings to Provost
Tue18-FebLast day for faculty to submit Mid-term Grades via CAMS, grades due 12:00 noon
Thu20-FebPierson Lecture – 7:00pm, Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 21 - Mar 20Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Mon24-FebLast day for faculty to submit changes to SU-1-20 and SU-2-20 course offerings to Provost
Mon24-FebSummer Financial Aid Application start date
Fri28-FebLast day for faculty to submit changes to Fall 2020 course offerings to Provost
Mon-FriMar 2- 6Spring Recess; No classes, University closed
Mon9-MarClasses Resume
Tues10-MarBusiness Holds for balances and/or delinquent payment plan payments
Mon-TuesMar 18-19One Stop Workshop
Mon23-MarLast day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall Semester
Mon-Fri23 Mar - 10 AprRegistration for Summer Terms 2020
Wed1-AprGraduation Fee Due Date
Wed-ThuApr 1-418th Annual Fisk Research Symposium
Thu3-AprHonors Convocation – 1:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Sun-MonApr 5-6Scholars Weekend (Admissions function)
Sun-MonApr 5 - 1389th Annual Spring Arts Festival
Tue7-AprLast day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri10-AprGood Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Mon13-AprPayment Plan Late Fee $50 Assessed
Mon13-AprPayment Due Date for Graduating Students (students can not participate in graduation ceremony with a balance)
Mon-Fri13-Apr - 12 JunRegistration for Fall Term 2020
Wed15-AprSpring Semester classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester
Wed15-AprLast day to Officially Withdraw from the University
Thur16-AprLast day of Spring Semester
Fri17-AprFinal Examination Preparation Day
Mon-FriApr 20 - Apr 24Final Examination Period for all registered students (Seniors, April 20-22)
Thu23-AprGrades for Graduating Seniors & Graduate Students due in CAMS by 12 noon
Fri24-AprLast day for students to file an Application for Degree for August graduation date; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri24-AprLast 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 1 - May 4Commencement Weekend
Sat2-MayGraduate Students Hooding Ceremony & Reception (location & time TBA)
Sun3-MayBaccalaureate Service – 10:00am – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Mon4-MayCommencement – 10:00am Mt. Zion Church (tentative)
Mon4-MayLast day of Spring Semester; last official day for Faculty
Tues5-MaySummer Classes Begin
All dates are subject to change

Summer Term I 2020 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-FriMar 16 - Apr 3Registration for Summer Terms I and II
Mon-FriApr 27 – May 1Special Registration for Summer Term I
Fri1-MaySU-1-20 Payment Due Date
SatMay 2Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 am
TuesMay 5Summer term I classes begin
MonMay 11Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term I
Fri15-MayGo "Official" (Bursar Function)
Mon-FriMay 18-22Mid Semester Evaluations
WedMay 20Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
ThursMay 21Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
MonMay 25Memorial Day, University closed
TuesMay 26Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
TuesMay 26Last day for faculty to submit Summer term I grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon
FriMay 29Summer term II classes end; Living-Learning Centers close 5:00 pm; attendance verification due in CAMS** by 5:00 pm
FriMay 29Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2017 graduation
All dates are subject to change

Summer Term II 2020 Calendar

DayDateDescription
Mon-FriMar 16 - Apr 3Registration for Summer Term II
Mon-FriMay 4 - 29Special Registration for Summer Term II
Fri29-MaySU-2-20 Payment Due Date
SatMay 30Summer students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am
TuesJun 2Summer term II classes begin
TuesJun 9Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term II
Fri 12-JunGo "Official" (Bursar function)
Mon-ThuJun 15 - 18Mid-term evaluations
WedJun 17Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
FriJun 26Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
FriJul 3Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
FriJul 10Summer term II classes end
MonJul 13Final exams preparation day
Tues-FriJul 14-17Final Examinations
MonJul 20Last 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 31Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2017 graduation
All dates are subject to change

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.