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Winter 2015
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 Winter 2015
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2015
May 1 - August 31
Fall 2015
September 1 - December 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins November 24 (M) March 23 (M) July 27 (M)
Term Begins
January 1 (T) May 1 (F) September 1 (T)
Lectures Begin January 5 (M) May 4 (M) September 14 (M)
Centre For Extended Learning Open Class Enrolment Ends January 16 (F) May 15 (F) TBA
100% Tuition Refund Deadline January 23 (F) May 22 (F) October 2 (F)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status February 1 (U) June 30 (T) November 1 (U)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends February 13 (F) June 12 (F) October 23 (F)
Reading Week February 16-20 (M-F) N/A N/A
50% Tuition Refund Deadline February 20 (F) June 19 (F) October 30 (F)
Government Reporting Date February 1 (U) June 30 (T) November 1 (U)
Electronic Grade Submission Dates/Grades Deadlines April 7 - May 4 (T-M) July 29 - August 31 (W-M) TBA
Lectures End April 6 (M) July 28 (T) December 4 (F)
Examinations Begin April 10 (F) August 4 (T) December 8 (T)
Centre For Extended Learning Examination Days April 10, 11 (F, S) August 7, 8 (F, S) December 11, 12 (F, S)
Examinations End April 25 (S) August 15 (S) December 22 (T)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30 (Th)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (M)
Spring Convocation
April 30, 2016 (S)
Grades available on Quest May 1 (F) September 1 (T) January 1, 2016 (F)

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 Winter 2015 Spring 2015 Fall 2015
Labour Day N/A N/A September 7 (M)
Thanksgiving Day N/A N/A October 12 (M)
Christmas Holidays N/A N/A December 24 -31 (Th-Th)
New Year's Day January 1 (Th) N/A N/A
University Holiday
January 2 (F) N/A N/A
Family Day February 16 (M) N/A N/A
Good Friday April 3 (F) N/A N/A
Victoria Day N/A  May 18 (M) N/A
Canada Day N/A July 1 (W) N/A
Civic Holiday N/A August 3 (M) N/A

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

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 

Graduate Studies Office
Needles Hall, Room 2201
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519 888 4567 x35411

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