Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Information
Updated January 8, 2021
Dear students, faculty, and staff:
I hope you had an enjoyable – and extended – winter break, and had a chance to rest and relax before returning to campus for the start of the spring semester. It is a relief to have 2020 in our rear-view mirror and while the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is great news, it will be many months before a sufficient percentage of the population is vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. In the meantime, we must continue our vigilance in guarding against the pandemic by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene, avoiding group gatherings, and minimizing exposure time in dense settings.
As a University community we can be proud of all that we accomplished last fall, including navigating our way through the Covid-19 scourge with a relatively low incidence of positive cases on campus. Our lived experience is that we have managed this public health crisis with a high degree of success and we can do it again with the same dogged determination to keep ourselves and our fellow community members safe.
As a reminder, the University’s 2021 spring calendar is as follows:
- The first day of undergraduate classes will be January 25 instead of January 19, while classes in the School of Law and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will start as originally planned on January 19 (with new JD students starting a week earlier on January 11).
- Undergraduates and students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have had two holidays added since publication of the updated spring calendar last September: Random Acts of Kindness Day on Wednesday, February 17, and April Fool’s Day (no joke!) on Thursday, April 1. The full calendar can be seen here.
- The School of Law will observe a one-day abbreviated spring break on March 15, and the end of semester schedule for the last day of classes, study days, and final exams has been altered. See the complete School of Law schedule here.
- The last day of class for undergraduates and students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be April 30 instead of May 7, followed by exams/assessments the week of May 3-7.
- Final grades will be due to be reported in Colleague/Self-Service by 12 noon on Monday, May 10.
- Commencement weekend will be advanced by one week, with ceremonies for undergraduate students on May 15 and for graduate students on May 16.
As you may recall, the decision to modify the spring calendar was precipitated by concern that mass migrations off-and-on campus attributable to the two originally scheduled breaks – spring break and the Monday holiday after Easter – would likely contribute to higher COVID-19 exposure and infections among members of our campus community.
On behalf of the University, I appreciate and am grateful for your ability to adapt to fluid conditions since the outbreak of COVID-19, and your readiness to remain nimble and agile through the coming spring semester. Thank you once again for all that you have done and continue to do to keep our campus community safe and our members healthy to the greatest extent possible.
Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs