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Academic Calendars

Academic Calendar 2017-2018

See also:  NIU Course Catalog calendar and academic deadlines

Fall Semester 2017

Date Day Event
August 21 - 25 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 28 Monday Classes Begin
September 4 Monday Labor Day (University Closed)
November 22 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins (no classes on Wednesday)
November 27 Monday Classes Resume
December 9 Saturday Classes End
December 11 - 16 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 16 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 17 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2018

Date Day Event
January 8 - 12 Monday - Friday Faculty Meeting
January 15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (University Closed)
January 16 Tuesday Classes Begin
March   11 - 18 Sunday  - Sunday Spring Recess
March 19 Monday Classes Resume
April 15 Sunday Honors Day
May 3 Thursday Classes End
May 4 Friday Reading Day
May 5, 7 - 11 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 11 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 12 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2018

Date Day Event
June 18 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Wednesday Independence Day (University Closed)
August 12 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Revised and Approved by University Council - February 18, 2009
Approved by University Council - December 8, 2004

Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Fall Semester 2018

Date Day Event
August 20 - 24 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 27 Monday Classes Begin
September 3 Monday Labor Day (University Closed)
November 21 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 26 Monday Classes Resume
December 8 Saturday Classes End
December 10 - 15 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 15 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 16 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2019

Date Day Event
January 7 - 11 Monday - Friday Faculty Meeting
January 14 Monday Classes Begin 
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (University Closed)
March 10 - 17 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 18 Monday Classes Resume
April 14 Sunday Honors Day
May 2 Thursday Classes End
May 3 Friday Reading Day
May 4, 6 - 10 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 10 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 11 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2019

Date Day Event
June 17 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Thursday Independence Day (University Closed)
August 11 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Revised and Approved by University Council - February 18, 2009
Approved by University Council - December 8, 2004

Fall Semester 2019

Date Day Event
August 19 - 23 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 26 Monday Classes Begin
September 2 Monday Labor Day (University Closed)
November 27 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
December 2 Monday Classes Resume
December 7 Saturday Classes End
December 9 - 14 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 14 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 15 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2020

Date Day Event
January 6 - 10 Monday - Friday Faculty Meeting
January 13 Monday Classes Begin 
January 20 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (University Closed)
March 8 - 15 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 16 Monday Classes Resume
April 19 Sunday Honors Day
April 30 Thursday Classes End
May 1 Friday Reading Day
May 2, 4 - 8 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 8 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 9 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2020

Date Day Event
June 15 Monday Classes Begin
July 3 Friday Independence Day (University Closed)
August 9 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - April 7, 2010

Fall Semester 2020

Date Day Event
August 17 - 21 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 24 Monday Classes Begin
September 7 Monday Labor Day (University Closed)
November 25 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 30 Monday Classes Resume
December 5 Saturday Classes End
December 7 - 12 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 12 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 13 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2021

Date Day Event
January 4 - 8 Monday - Friday Faculty Meeting
January 11 Monday Classes Begin 
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (University Closed)
March 7 - 14 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 15 Monday Classes Resume
April 18 Sunday Honors Day
April 29 Thursday Classes End
April 30 Friday Reading Day
May 1, 3 - 7 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 7 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 8 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2021

Date Day Event
June 14 Monday Classes Begin
July 5 Thursday Independence Day (University Closed)
August 8 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - February 16, 2011.

Fall Semester 2021

Date Day Event
August 16 - 20 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 23 Monday Classes Begin
September 6 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 24 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 29 Monday Classes Resume
December 4 Saturday Classes End
December 6 - 11 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 11 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 12 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2022

Date Day Event
January 10 - 14 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
January 17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
January 18 Tuesday Classes Begin
March 13 - 20 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 21 Monday Classes Resume
April 24 Sunday Honors Day
May 5 Thursday Classes End
May 6 Friday Reading Day
May 7, 9 - 13 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 13 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 14 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2022

Date Day Event
June 13 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Monday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 7 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - February 22, 2012

Fall Semester 2022

Date Day Event
August 16 - 19 Tuesday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 22 Monday Classes Begin
September 5 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 23 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 28 Monday Classes Resume
December 3 Saturday Classes End
December 5 - 10 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 10 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 11 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2023

Date Day Event
January 9 - 13 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
January 16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
January 17 Tuesday Classes Begin
March 12 - 19 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 20 Monday Classes Resume
April 23 Sunday Honors Day
May 4 Thursday Classes End
May 5 Friday Reading Day
May 6, 8 - 12 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 12 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 13 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2023

Date Day Event
June 19 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 13 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - April 3, 2013

Fall Semester 2023

Date Day Event
August 21 - 25 Tuesday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 28 Monday Classes Begin
September 4 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 22 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 27 Monday Classes Resume
December 9 Saturday Classes End
December 11 - 16 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 16 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 17 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2024

Date Day Event
January 8 - 12 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
January 15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
January 16 Tuesday Classes Begin
March 10 - 17 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 18 Monday Classes Resume
April 21 Sunday Honors Day
May 2 Thursday Classes End
May 3 Friday Reading Day
May 4, 6 - 10 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 10 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 11 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2024

Date Day Event
June 17 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 11 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - April 2, 2014

Fall Semester 2024

Date Day Event
August 19 - 23 Tuesday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 26 Monday Classes Begin
September 2 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 27 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
December 2 Monday Classes Resume
December 7 Saturday Classes End
December 9 - 14 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 14 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 15 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2025

Date Day Event
January 6 - 10 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
January 13 Monday Classes begin
January 20 Tuesday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
March 9 - 16 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 17 Monday Classes Resume
April 13 Sunday Honors Day
May 1 Thursday Classes End
May 2 Friday Reading Day
May 3, 5 - 9 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 9 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 10 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2025

Date Day Event
June 16 Monday Classes Begin
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 10 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - February 25, 2015.

Fall Semester 2025

Date Day Event
August 18 - 22 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
August 25 Monday Classes Begin
September 1 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 26 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
December 1 Monday Classes Resume
December 6 Saturday Classes End
December 8 - 13 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations
December 13 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 14 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2026

Date Day Event
January 5 - 9 Monday - Friday Faculty Meetings
January 12 Monday Classes begin
January 19 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
March 8- 15 Sunday - Sunday Spring Recess
March 16 Monday Classes Resume
April 19 Sunday Honors Day
April 30 Thursday Classes End
May 1 Friday Reading Day
May 2, 4 - 8 Saturday, Monday - Friday Final Examinations
May 8 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 9 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2026

Date Day Event
June 15 Monday Classes Begin
July 3 Friday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 9 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - April 6, 2016.

Fall Semester 2026

Date Day Event
August 17 - 21 Monday-Friday Faculty Meetings
August 24 Monday Classes Begin
September 7 Monday Labor Day ( university closed)
November 25 Wednesday Thanksgiving Break Begins
(no classes on Wednesday)
November 30 Monday Classes Resume
December 5 Saturday Classes End
December 7-12 Monday-Saturday Final Examinations
December 12 Saturday Fall Graduate Commencement
December 13 Sunday Fall Undergraduate Commencement

Spring Semester 2027

Date Day Event
January 4-8 Monday-Friday Faculty Meetings
January 11 Monday Classes begin
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday ( university closed)
March 7-14 Sunday-Sunday Spring Recess
March 15 Monday Classes Resume
April 18 Sunday Honors Day
April 29 Thursday Classes End
April 30 Friday Reading Day
May 1, 3-7 Saturday, Monday-Friday Final Examinations
May 7 Friday Spring Graduate Commencement
May 8 Saturday Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Semester 2027

Date Day Event
June 14 Monday Classes Begin
July 5 Monday Independence Day ( university closed)
August 8 Sunday Summer Session Ends

Approved by University Council - March 1, 2017.