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Fall 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 Fall 2015
September 1 - December 31
Winter 2016
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2016
May 1 - August 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins July 27 (M)
November 30 (M)
March 28 (M)
Term Begins
September 1 (T)
January 1 (F)
May 1 (U)
Lectures Begin September 14 (M)
January 4 (M)
May 2 (M)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline October 2 (F)
January 22 (F)
May 20 (F)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status November 1 (U)
February 1 (M)
June 30 (Th)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends October 23 (F)
February 12 (F)
June 10 (F)
Reading Week N/A
February 15-19 (M-F)
50% Tuition Refund Deadline October 30 (F)
February 19 (F)
June 17 (F)
Government Reporting Date November 1 (U)
February 1 (M)
June 30 (Th)
Lectures End December 4 (F)
April 4 (M)
July 25 (M)
Examinations Begin December 8 (T)
April 8 (F)
August 2 (T)
Centre For Extended Learning Examination Days December 11, 12 (F, S)
April 8, 9 (F, S)
August 5, 6 (F, S)
Examinations End December 22 (T) April 23 (S)
August 13 (S)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30, 2016 (S)
Spring Convocation
April 30 (S)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (W)
Grades available on Quest December 23 (W) April 25 (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 Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016
Labour Day September 7 (M)
Thanksgiving Day October 12 (M)
Closure for the Holiday Season December 24-31 (Th-Th)
New Year's Day
N/A January 1 (F)
Family Day N/A February 15 (M) N/A
Good Friday N/A March 25 (F)
Victoria Day N/A
N/A May 23 (M)
Canada Day N/A N/A July 1 (F)
Civic Holiday N/A N/A August 1 (M)

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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