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Spring 2016
The Graduate Calendar

Calendar - General Information & Regulations

Academic Deadlines & Events

Calendar of Events & Academic Deadlines
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Academic Term Deadlines

Terms and Deadlines Spring 2016
May 1 - August 31
Fall 2016
September 1 - December 31
Winter 2017
January 1 - April 30
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins March 28 (M)
August 4 (Th)
November 29 (T)
Term Begins
May 1 (U)
September 1 (Th)
January 1 (U)
Lectures Begin May 2 (M)
September 8 (Th)
January 3 (T)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline May 20 (F)
September 28 (W)
January 23 (M)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends
May 27 (F)
October 7 (F)
February 1 (W)
Reading Week N/A
February 20-24 (M-F)
Mid-Term Study Break
N/A October 11, 12 (T, W) N/A
50% Tuition Refund Deadline June 17 (F)
October 26 (W)
February 21 (T)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status June 30 (Th)
November 1 (T)
February 1 (W)
Government Reporting Date June 30 (Th)
November 1 (T)
February 1 (W)
Lectures End July 25 (M)
December 5 (M)
April 3 (M)
Examinations Begin August 2 (T)
December 8 (Th)
April 7 (F)
Centre For Extended Learning Examination Days August 5, 6 (F, S)
December 9, 10 (F, S)
April 7, 8 (F, S)
Examinations End August 13 (S) December 22 (Th)
April 25 (T)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Fall Convocation
August 31 (W)
Spring Convocation
April 30, 2017 (U)
Spring Convocation
April 30 (U)
Grades available on Quest August 15 (M) December 23 (F)
May 1 (M)

Note: For information on payment instructions and graduate student fees please refer to the Finance website.

Deadlines for submission of the Graduate Studies Intention to Graduate/Program Completion Form to the
Graduate Studies Office (GSO) are:  
Convocation ceremony Deadline
Spring Convocation
April 30 - for students degree completing in the Fall (Sept-Dec) and Winter (Jan-April) terms
Fall Convocation
August 31 - for students degree completing in the Spring (May-Aug) term


  1. Students who have completed all program requirements must submit the Graduate Studies Intention to Graduate/Program Completion Form to their department to initiate a formal review and verification of their program completion status and approval to graduate. Once approved by the department the form will be submitted to the GSO for completion processing.
  2. Receipt of this completed form (in the GSO) by the deadline indicated above, acknowledges a student's intention to graduate and completion of all degree requirements (for programs with a thesis, completion includes submission and approval from the GSO of the thesis in UWSpace).
  3. The completion, degree, and convocation dates will appear on student academic records/transcripts.

Full Convocation information is available through the Graduate Studies Office website.


Holidays Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Labour Day N/A
September 5 (M)
Thanksgiving Day N/A
October 10 (M)
Closure for the Holiday Season N/A
December 26-30 (M-F)
New Year's Day
January 2 (M)
Family Day N/A N/A February 20 (M)
Good Friday N/A N/A
April 14 (F)
Victoria Day May 23 (M)
Canada Day July 1 (F)
Civic Holiday August 1 (M)

Note: Some University departments may be open for limited service on these days.

Mid-Term Study Break

A mid-term break (e.g., Winter Reading Week) is intended to act as a pause for students in an academic term, to reflect upon and catch up on their term’s work to date and, as necessary, prepare for any upcoming mid-term assignments and assessments.

During this pause, there are to be no scheduled meetings or assignments for students (e.g., classes, labs, tutorials, seminars, exams, TA-related work). While exceptions may exist (e.g., co-operative employment interviews, clinical rotations, PhD comprehensive exams, graduate thesis defenses), the pause applies to meetings involving both undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadlines for student submissions will not be scheduled during the break. Student services such as student advising support, Health Services, Counselling Services, the library, and residences are expected to continue to provide service.

The above terms of reference are not meant to include responsibilities associated with graduate students in their roles as research assistants or in any other employment capacity (excluding TA-related work as mentioned above) with the university. In these situations, students and employers should clarify their mutual expectations concerning work-related responsibilities during the mid-term break.

University of Waterloo Committees and Meeting Dates


Key Description 
(M)  Monday 
(T)  Tuesday 
(W)  Wednesday 
(Th)  Thursday 
(F)  Friday 
(S)  Saturday 
(U)  Sunday 
(TBA)  To be announced 
(N/A)  Not applicable