216th Academic Year

2017  
August 22, Tuesday First Year arrival day
August 23-26, Wed.-Sat. Orientation Trips
August 26-29, Sat.-Tues. Orientation
August 27, Sunday College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
August 29, Tuesday Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
August 30, Wednesday Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
September 4, Monday Labor Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
September 14-16, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BASIC National Advisory Board meetings
September 16, Saturday Common Good Day
October 6, Friday Fall vacation begins after last class
October 11, Wednesday Fall vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
October 12-14, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 13-15, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 27, Friday Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 27-28, Fri.-Sat. Family Weekend
November 22, Wednesday Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m. * (November 22-24: College holidays, many offices closed)
November 27, Monday Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
December 8, Friday Last day of classes
December 9-12, Sat.- Tues. Reading period
December 13-18, Wed.- Mon. Fall semester examinations
December 19, Tuesday College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 25-29, Mon.-Fri. College Holidays, many offices closed
 
2018  
January 1, Monday New Year's Day Holiday (College Holiday, many offices closed)
January 15, Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, many offices closed)
January 20, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
January 22, Monday Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
February 8-10, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
February 19, Monday Presidents' Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
March 9, Friday Spring vacation begins after last class
March 10, Saturday College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 24, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
March 26, Monday Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
April 5-7, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BASIC National Advisory Board meetings
May 9, Wednesday Last day of classes; Honors Day
May 10-12, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 10-13, Thurs.-Sun. Reading period
May 14-19, Mon.-Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 20, Sunday College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 25, Friday Baccalaureate
May 26, Saturday The 213th Commencement Exercises
May 26, Saturday College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
May 28, Monday Memorial Day (College holiday, many offices closed)
May 31-June 3, Thurs.-Sun. Reunion Weekend
July 4, Wednesday Fourth of July Holiday (College Holiday, many offices closed)
*Regular class schedules in effect on holidays listed unless otherwise noted. Staff, check with supervisor to determine if office is closed.

In recognition of Bowdoin’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body and the variety of religions observed and practiced by our students, faculty are encouraged to avoid conflicts between in-class examinations and other significant academic work and major religious holidays. The calendar below was developed in collaboration with the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and includes major observances of the officially recognized religious groups at Bowdoin. In addition, the multifaith calendar from the Harvard Divinity School is a valuable resource regarding many other religious observances that do not appear in the list below but that may be of significance to members of our community.

Students are expected to declare their intention to observe religious holidays at the beginning of the semester, and to work with an instructor when there is a conflict with a scheduled examination, paper, or project due date and a significant religious holiday observed by the student so that, when warranted, alternative arrangements for completing the work may be made.

Students or faculty who have any questions regarding how best to balance the academic calendar alongside religious observances are encouraged to consult with Eduardo Pazos, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Thurs.-Fri. Eid al-Adha, begins at sundown
Sept. 20-22, Wed.-Fri. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sept. 20 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 22
Sept. 29-30, Fri. –Sat. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Sept. 29 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 30
March 30, Friday Good Friday
Mar. 30-Apr. 7, Fri.-Sat. Passover, begins at sundown on March 30 and concludes at sundown on April 7
April 1, Sunday Easter
May 16, Wednesday Ramadan, begins at first light on May 16 and concludes at last light on June 15