Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Academic Calendar

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The University provides a year round instructional program consisting of fall and spring semesters and a summer term.  WKU also offers a winter term, three 5-week sessions in spring, summer and fall terms, and bi-term courses during the fall and spring semesters.  The academic year at WKU is divided into two semesters consisting of sixteen weeks, a thirteen-week summer term, and a three-week winter term. The opening and closing dates are listed below.  Specific information about winter and summer terms is available through the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO).

Fall Semester 2020

Classes Begin (Full-Term, First Bi-Term, 5-Week Session 1) Monday, August 24
Labor Day (university open and classes in session) Monday, September 7
5-Week Session 1 Ends Friday, September 25
5-Week Session 2 Begins Monday, September 28
Classes End - 1st Bi-Term Classes Friday, October 9
1st Bi-Term Finals Monday-Tuesday, October 12-13
2nd Bi-Term Begins Wednesday, October 14
5-Week Session 2 Ends Monday, November 2
Election Day (University closed) Tuesday, November 3
5-Week Session 3 Begins Wednesday, November 4
Thanksgiving Holiday (University closed) (Labor Day, Fall Break and Thanksgiving Holiday observed) Monday-Friday, November 23-27
Final Examinations - Full Semester Classes Monday-Friday, December 7-11
Classes End - 2nd Bi-Term Classes Wednesday, December 9
Final Examinations - 2nd Bi-Term Classes Thursday-Friday, December 10-11
5-Week Session 3 Ends Friday, December 11
College Recognition Ceremonies Saturday, May 8, 2021
Final Grades Due (noon) Tuesday, December 15

Winter Term 2021

Classes Begin Monday, December 14
Holiday Break (University closed, no classes) December 21-January 1
No Classes Thursday-Friday, December 24-25
3-Week Classes End Thursday, December 31
2-Week Classes Begin Monday, January 4
2-Week and 5-Week Classes End Saturday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (university closed) Monday, January 18
Final Grades Due (noon) Tuesday, January 19

Spring Semester 2021

Classes Begin (Full-Term, First Bi-Term, 5-Week Session 1) Tuesday, January 19
5-Week Session 1 Ends Friday, February 19
5-Week Session 2 Begins Monday, February 22
1st Bi-Term Ends Wednesday, March 3
1st Bi-Term Finals Thursday-Friday, March 4-5
Spring Break Monday-Friday, March 8-12
2nd Bi-Term Begins Monday, March 15
5-Week Session 2 Ends Friday, April 2
5-Week Session 3 Begins Monday, April 5
Final Examinations (Full Semester Classes) Monday-Friday, May 3-7
2nd Bi-Term Ends Wednesday, May 5
2nd Bi-Term Finals Thursday-Friday, May 6-7
5-Week Session 3 Ends Friday, May 7
Commencement Friday, May 7
College Recognition Ceremonies Saturday, May 8
Final Grades Due (noon) Tuesday, May 11

Summer Term 2021

May Sessions
Classes Begin Monday, May 10
Memorial Day (University closed) Monday, May 31
June I Sessions
Classes Begin Tuesday, June 1
June II Sessions
Classes Begin Monday, June 7
July I Sessions
Independence Day observed (University closed) Monday, July 5
Classes Begin Tuesday, July 6
July II Sessions
Classes Begin Monday, July 12
Summer Term Ends Thursday, August 5

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