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Academic Calendar 2019-2020 Tentative Dates

The academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters of approximately 15 weeks each and summer sessions of varying length. The last week of the fall and spring semesters is set aside for final examinations. The academic calendar for the Washington College of Law (WCL) of American University varies from this general schedule, and its key dates are noted below in italics. For the full WCL academic calendar, please go to: http://www.wcl.american.edu/registrar/

The holidays and vacations observed by the university are noted below. Spring break is the week following the spring semester midterm. Classes continue until 10:40 p.m. the evening before a holiday or vacation period.

Note: The refund/withdrawal schedule applies to all courses with a standard schedule during a regular semester (fall/spring). Refunds/withdrawals for courses on nonstandard schedules (including MBA modules), as well as all summer session courses, are calculated proportionately, based on the percentage of the course completed. For more information, please go to: www.american.edu/finance/studentaccounts/Refunds-for-Course-Drops-andWithdrawals.cfm.

2019 Fall Semester Calendar
8/1/2019 Thu Payment due for fall classes
8/17/2019 - 8/25/2019 Sat Welcome Week (Sat - Sun)
8/19/2019 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
8/23/2019 Fri Last day to register for fall without a late fee
8/26/2019 Mon Fall classes begin
8/26/2019 Mon Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
8/30/2019 Fri Late registration for fall ends
9/2/2019 Mon Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
9/4/2019 Wed Mathematics Equivalency Examination
9/9/2019 Mon Last day to add a fall course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
9/9/2019 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
9/16/2019 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refund
9/23/2019 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
10/7/2019 Mon Schedule of Classes for Spring published.
9/30/2019 Mon Early warning notices due in Registrar's Office
10/11/2019 Fri Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019 Fri All-American Weekend (Fri-Sun)
10/28/2019 Mon Spring priority registration for graduate students begins.
10/26/2019 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
11/4/2019 Mon Spring priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
10/31/2019 Thu Last day to apply for fall graduation
11/1/2019 Fri Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
11/8/2019 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for fall degree candidates
11/26/2019 Tue Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet.
11/27/2019 - 12/1/2019 Wed Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
11/28/2019 Thu WCL: Fall classes end.
12/3/2019 Tue WCL: Examinations begin
12/6/2019 Fri Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
12/7/2019 - 12/8/2019 Sat Fall Study Days (Sat-Sun)
12/9/2019 - 12/14/2019 Mon Fall final examinations (Mon-Sat)
12/14/2019 Sat WCL: Examinations end
12/15/2019 Sun Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
12/19/2019 Thu All full-term fall classes final grades due.
12/20/2019 Fri WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
12/23/2019 - 1/1/2020 Mon Winter break; university offices closed (Mon - Wed)
12/31/2019 Tue Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
2020 Spring Semester Calendar
1/6/2020 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
1/9/2020 - 1/12/2020 Thu Winter Welcome (Thu-Sun)
1/10/2020 Fri Last day to register for spring without a late fee
1/13/2020 Mon Spring classes begin
1/13/2020 Mon Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
1/17/2020 Fri Late registration for spring ends
1/22/2020 Wed Mathematics Equivalency Examination
1/27/2020 Mon Last day to add a spring course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
1/27/2020 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
2/1/2020 Sat Last day to apply for spring graduation
2/1/2020 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
2/3/2020 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
2/10/2020 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
2/17/2020 Mon Early warning notices due in Registrar’s Office
2/24/2020 Mon Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall published.
3/8/2020 Sun Spring break (Sun-Sun); no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
3/20/2020 Fri Last day to drop a spring class or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
3/21/2020 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
3/23/2020 Mon Summer registration begins.
3/25/2020 Wed Fall priority registration for graduate students begins.
3/27/2020 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for spring degree candidates
4/1/2020 Wed Fall priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
4/20/2020 Mon WCL: Last day of classes (includes make-ups for holidays)
4/27/2020 Mon Spring classes end
4/27/2020 Mon Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for spring degree candidates
4/28/2020 Tue Spring study day; no classes
5/1/2020 Fri Payment due for summer classes
4/29/2020 - 5/5/2020 Wed Spring final examinations (Wed - Tues)
5/4/2020 Mon WCL: Examinations begin
5/8/2020 Fri All full-term spring classes final grades due.
5/8/2020 - 5/10/2020 Fri Commencement Weekend Activities (Fri - Sun)
5/9/2020 Sat WCL: Examinations end
5/10/2020 Sun Official Degree Award Date
5/17/2020 Sun WCL: Spring Commencement Ceremony
5/17/2020 Sun WCL: Official Degree Award Date
2020 Summer Sessions
5/1/2020 Fri Payment due for summer classes
5/11/2020 Mon 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
5/18/2020 Mon First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
5/22/2020 Fri Last day to add a summer internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
5/25/2020 Mon Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
5/26/2020 Tue WCL: First day of classes
06/01/2020 Mon Last day to apply for summer graduation
6/4/2020 Thu 3-week (C) session ends
6/6/2020 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
6/25/2020 Thu 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
6/29/2020 Mon Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) session begin
7/4/2020 Sat Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
7/17/2020 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for summer degree candidates
7/30/2020 Thu WCL: Last day of classes
8/1/2020 Sat Payment due for fall classes
8/6/2020 Thu Second 6-week (D) session ends
8/6/2020 Thu Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for summer degree candidates
8/7/2020 Fri WCL: Examinations end
8/13/2020 Thu Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
8/23/2020 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)
8/20/2020 Thu WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associate with this date)