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Winter 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 Winter 2016
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2016
May 1 - August 31
Fall 2016
September 1 - December 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins November 30 (M)
March 28 (M)
August 4 (Th)
Term Begins
January 1 (F)
May 1 (U)
September 1 (Th)
Lectures Begin January 4 (M)
May 2 (M)
September 8 (Th)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline January 22 (F)
May 20 (F)
September 28 (W)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status February 1 (M)
June 30 (Th)
November 1 (T)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends February 12 (F)
June 10 (F)
October 8 (S)
Reading Week February 15-19 (M-F)
Mid-Term Study Break
N/A N/A October 11, 12 (T, W)
50% Tuition Refund Deadline February 19 (F)
June 17 (F)
October 26 (W)
Government Reporting Date February 1 (M)
June 30 (Th)
November 1 (T)
Lectures End April 4 (M)
July 25 (M)
December 5 (M)
Examinations Begin April 8 (F)
August 2 (T)
December 8 (Th)
Centre For Extended Learning Examination Days April 8, 9 (F, S)
August 5, 6 (F, S)
December 9, 10 (F, S)
Examinations End April 23 (S) August 13 (S)
December 22 (Th)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30 (S)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (W)
Spring Convocation
April 30, 2017 (U)
Grades available on Quest April 25 (M) August 15 (M)
December 23 (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 2016 Spring 2016 Fall 2016
Labour Day N/A
N/A September 5 (M)
Thanksgiving Day N/A
N/A October 10 (M)
Closure for the Holiday Season N/A
N/A December 26-30 (M-F)
New Year's Day
January 1 (F) N/A
Family Day February 15 (M) N/A N/A
Good Friday March 25 (F) N/A
Victoria Day N/A
May 23 (M) N/A
Canada Day N/A July 1 (F) N/A
Civic Holiday N/A August 1 (M) N/A

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 

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

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