Academic Calendar

Academic
Calendar

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


Fall 2019 Calendar

Day Date Description
Fri 26-Jul Payment due date
Fri 5-Aug All Faculty return to campus for a State of the University Convocation at 10:30am
Sat-Sun Aug 3-4 New Students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; New Student and Parent Orientation
Mon-Tues Aug 5-6 Math Placement Test for New Students
Mon-Fri Aug 5-9 New Students Orientation continues (Students only)
Wed Aug 7 New International Students Orientation
Thurs Aug 8 Ongoing advisement and registration for New Students only
Fri Aug 9 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)
Sat Aug 10 Returning Students arrive; Residence Halls open at 9:00pm
Mon-Fri Aug 12-23 Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating Seniors
Mon Aug 12 Classes begin-first day of instruction
Thurs Aug 15 Opening Convocation – 10:00am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at other hours
Thurs-Fri Aug 15-16 Credit by Examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
Mon 19-Aug Last day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
Fri 30-Aug Go "Official" (Bursar function)
Fri 30-Aug University Census Date (Registrar function)
Mon Sept 2 Labor Day; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Fri Sept 13 Constitution Day; last day to drop classes with a “WD” (withdrawn) mark; Senior Audits due in the Registrar’s Office;
Tues 17-Sep Mandatory Faculty Development
Sat Sept 21 Senior Exam Preparation Workshop
Mon-Fri Sept 23-27 Mid-Semester evaluations
Mon Sept 30 Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due at 12 noon
Wed Oct 2 Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering Freshmen
Fri 4-Oct Business Holds for balance and/or delinquent payment plan payments
Sun Oct 6 Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Fisk Memorial Chapel
Wed-Wed Oct 2 - 23 Computer 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)
Wed Oct 16 Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Spring Semester
Thur-Sat Oct 17-19 Campus Open House
Fri Oct 18 Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date
Sun- Fri Oct 20 - Nov 1 Registration opens for Winter/December-mester 2019
Fri Oct 25 Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors
Mon-Fri Oct 28 - Nov 15 Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
Fri-Fri Nov 1- 22 Registration opens for Spring 2020
Sun-Sun Nov 3 - 10 Homecoming Week
Tues Nov 12 Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri 15-Nov Payment Plan Late Fee $50.00 Assessed
Tues 19-Nov Last day of instruction, and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) grade from previous semester
Tues 19-Nov Last day to Officially Withdraw from the University
Wed 20-Nov Final Examination Preparation Day
Thurs-Sat & Mon Nov 21-23 & 25 Final Examinations Period for all registered students.
Mon 25-Nov Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 12:00pm for all courses whose exams were completed by Saturday, Nov. 23
Mon-Sun Nov 25-Dec 1 Winter/December-mester Term registration reopens
Tues 26-Nov Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams were given Monday, Nov. 25
Wed 27-Nov Living-Learning Centers close at 12:00 noon
Wed-Fri Nov 27 - 29 Thanksgiving Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Mon-Wed Dec 2-30 Winter/December-mester 2019 Term
Mon 2-Dec Classes begin-first day of instruction
Fri 6-Dec Last day to add/drop courses for Winter/December-mester Term
Mon 9-Dec Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Mon-Thus Dec 16 - Jan 1 Faculty, Staff and Administration Winter holiday break; University closed.
Fri 27-Dec Classes end-last day of instruction
Sat 28-Dec Final Exams
Mon 30-Dec Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 12:00pm
Mon 30-Dec Last day of Winter/December-mester Term

Spring 2020 Calendar

Day Date Description
Wed 1-Jan New Year’s Day; University closed
Thur 2-Jan SP-20 Payment Due Date
Thur 2-Jan Students arrive; Living-Learning Centers open at 9:00am New Student and Parent Orientation.
Thur 2-Jan Math Placement test for New Students; Advising and Registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00pm)
Fri 2-Jan University opens: Faculty and Staff return to Campus
Fri 3-Jan Spring semester classes begin-first day of instruction
Fri 10-Jan Last day for Registration & to ADD/DROP courses without transcript designation & without financial impact
Fri 17-Jan Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation – 10:00 am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at all other hours
Mon 20-Jan Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; University closed
Tues 21-Jan Go "Official" (Bursar function)
Wed 22-Jan University Census Date (Registrar function)
Wed 22-Jan University Assessment Day
Tues 28-Jan Mandatory Faculty Development
Fri 7-Feb Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon-Fri Feb 10 - 14 Mid-Semester Evaluations
Mon 17-Feb Faculty submit SU-1-20 and SU-2-20 course offerings to Provost
Tue 18-Feb Last day for faculty to submit Mid-term Grades via CAMS, grades due 12:00 noon
Thu 20-Feb Pierson Lecture – 7:00pm, Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-Fri Feb 21 - Mar 20 Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Mon 24-Feb Last day for faculty to submit changes to SU-1-20 and SU-2-20 course offerings to Provost
Mon 24-Feb Summer Financial Aid Application start date
Fri 28-Feb Last day for faculty to submit changes to Fall 2020 course offerings to Provost
Mon-Fri Mar 2- 6 Spring Recess; No classes, University closed
Mon 9-Mar Classes Resume
Tues 10-Mar Business Holds for balances and/or delinquent payment plan payments
Mon-Tues Mar 18-19 One Stop Workshop
Mon 23-Mar Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall Semester
Mon-Fri 23 Mar - 10 Apr Registration for Summer Terms 2020
Mon 30-Mar Rise of the Talented Tenth (Admissions function)
Wed 1-Apr Graduation Fee Due Date
Wed-Thu Apr 1-4 18th Annual Fisk Research Symposium
Thu 3-Apr Honors Convocation – 1:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Sun-Mon Apr 5 - 13 89th Annual Spring Arts Festival
Tue 7-Apr Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri 10-Apr Good Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Mon 13-Apr Payment Plan Late Fee $50 Assessed
Mon 13-Apr Payment Due Date for Graduating Students (students can not participate in graduation ceremony with a balance)
Mon-Fri 13-Apr - 12 Jun Registration for Fall Term 2020
Wed 15-Apr Spring Semester classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester
Wed 15-Apr Last day to Officially Withdraw from the University
Thur 16-Apr Last day of Spring Semester
Fri 17-Apr Final Examination Preparation Day
Mon-Fri Apr 20 - Apr 24 Final Examination Period for all registered students (Seniors, April 20-22)
Thu 23-Apr Grades for Graduating Seniors & Graduate Students due in CAMS by 12 noon
Fri 24-Apr Last day for students to file an Application for Degree for August graduation date; Living-Learning Centers close 12:00 noon
Fri 24-Apr Last 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-Mon May 1 - May 4 Commencement Weekend
Sat 2-May Graduate Students Hooding Ceremony & Reception (location & time TBA)
Sun 3-May Baccalaureate Service – 10:00am – Fisk Memorial Chapel
Mon 4-May Commencement – 10:00am Mt. Zion Church (tentative)
Mon 4-May Last day of Spring Semester; last official day for Faculty
Tues 5-May Summer Classes Begin

Summer I 2020 Calendar

Day Date Description
Mon-Fri Mar 16 - Apr 3 Registration for Summer Terms I and II
Mon-Fri Apr 27 – May 1 Special Registration for Summer Term I
Fri 1-May SU-1-20 Payment Due Date
Tues May 5 Summer term I classes begin
Mon May 11 Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term I
Fri 15-May Go "Official" (Bursar Function)
Mon-Fri May 18-22 Mid Semester Evaluations
Wed May 20 Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Thurs May 21 Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
Mon May 25 Memorial Day, University closed
Tues May 26
  • Summer I classes end. Last day of instruction
  • Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
Weds-Thurs May-27-28 Final Examinations
Fri May 29
  • Last day for faculty to submit Summer term I grades via CAMS, Due 12:00(noon)
  • Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2020 graduation

Summer II 2020 Calendar

Day Date Description
Mon-Fri Mar 16 - Apr 3 Registration for Summer Term II
Mon-Fri May 4 - 29 Special Registration for Summer Term II
Fri 29-May SU-2-20 Payment Due Date
Tues Jun 2 Summer term II classes begin
Tues Jun 9 Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term II
Fri 12-Jun Go "Official" (Bursar function)
Mon-Thu Jun 15 - 18 Mid-term evaluations
Wed Jun 17 Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Fri Jun 26 Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via CAMS
Fri Jul 3 Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing)
Fri Jul 10 Summer term II classes end
Mon Jul 13 Final exams preparation day
Tues-Fri Jul 14-17 Final Examinations
Mon Jul 20 Last day for faculty to submit Summer term II grades via CAMS, due 12:00 noon
Fri Jul 31 Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August 2020 graduation

Fall 2020 Calendar

Day Date Description
Mon 3-Aug All Faculty return to campus for a State of the University Convocation at 10:30am
Mon-Tues Aug 3-4 New international students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am
Tues 4-Aug New international students orientation; placement examination and registration
Wed 5-Aug New students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; new student and parent orientation, placement examination and registration
Thurs 6-Aug Ongoing advisement and registration for new students only
Fri 7-Aug Returning students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00am; 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)
Sat 8-Aug Ongoing advisement and registration for returning students
Mon 10-Aug Classes begin-first day of instruction
Mon-Fri Aug 10-21 Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating Seniors
Thurs 13-Aug Opening Convocation – 10:00am-12:00pm – Fisk Memorial Chapel; classes as usual at other hours
Thurs-Fri Aug 13-14 Credit by Examination administered (other times by permission of the Provost)
Mon 17-Aug Last day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
Fri 28-Aug Go "Official" (Bursar function)
Fri 28-Aug University Census Date (Registrar function)
Mon 7-Sep Labor Day; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Fri 11-Sep  Last day to drop classes with a “WD” (withdrawn) mark; Senior Audits due in the Registrar’s Office
Tues 15-Sep Mandatory Faculty Development
Fri 18-Sep Half a day for Institutional Assessment
Sat 19-Sep Senior Exam Preparation Workshop
Mon-Fri Sept 21-25 Mid-Semester evaluations
Mon 28-Sep Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via CAMS, grades due at 12 noon
Wed 30-Sep Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering Freshmen
Wed-Wed Sept 30-Oct 21 Computer 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)
Tues 6-Oct Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Fisk Memorial Chapel
Thurs 8-Oct Business Holds for balance and/or delinquent payment plan payments
Fri 9-Oct Fall Break; University closed for faculty, staff, and administration
Wed 14-Oct Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Spring Semester
Thurs-Sat Oct 15-17 Campus Open House
Fri-Fri Oct 16 - Nov 6 Registration for Spring Semester 2021
Fri 16-Oct Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date
Fri 23-Oct Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors
Mon-Fri Oct 26- Nov 13 Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
Sun-Sun Nov 1- 8 Homecoming Week
Tues 10-Nov Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
Fri 13-Nov Payment Plan Late Fee $50.00 Assessed
Mon 16-Nov Last day of instruction and last day to submit work for completion of "I"(Incomplete) grade from previous semester
Mon 16-Nov Last day to Officially Withdraw from the University
Tues 17-Nov Final Examinations Preparation Day
Sat-Tues Nov 21-24 Final Examinations Period for all Registered students. Exams Saturday, Monday and Tuesday until 12:00 noon
Mon 23-Nov Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00p for all courses whose exams were given Monday, Nov. 23
Tues 24-Nov Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams were given Monday, Nov. 25
Wed 25-Nov Living-Learning Centers close at 12:00 noon
Wed-Fri Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Mon 30-Nov "Faculty must submit final grades via CAMS by 5:00pm for all courses whose exams completed by Monday, Nov 30"
Mon-Tues Nov 30- Dec 8 Mandatory Faculty Workshops
Mon-Wed Nov 30- Dec 16 Decembermester
Thurs 4-Dec Last day to add/drop courses for Decembermester
Fri 11-Dec Last day of Fall Semester
Sat 12-Dec May 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Mon-Fri Dec 14- Jan 1 Winter Holiday Break; University closed for faculty, staff, and administration
Thurs 17-Dec Faculty must submit Decembermester final grades via CAMS by 12:00 noon
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.

At Fisk University our students are more than just a number, we are preparing students for the 21st century not only academically but holistically so that they are ready for the real world. we strive to make sure our students are successful in all endeavors while they matriculate through their years on campus but years after as well -Dean Natara Garvin, Ed.D.

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