219th Academic Year (subject to change)

2020  
August 25, Tuesday First Year arrival day
August 26-29, Wed.-Sat. Orientation Trips
August 29-Sept. 1, Sat.-Tues. Orientation
August 30, Sunday College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
September 1, Tuesday Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
September 2, Wednesday Fall semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
September 7, Monday Labor Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
September 24-26, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
September 26, Saturday Common Good Day
October 2-4, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 9, Friday Fall vacation begins after last class
October 14, Wednesday Fall vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
October 15-17, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 23, Friday Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 23-25, Fri.-Sun. Family Weekend
November 25, Wednesday Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m. * (November 25-29: College holidays, many offices closed)
November 30, Monday Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
December 9, Wednesday Last day of classes
December 10-13, Thurs.-Sun. Reading period
December 14-19, Mon.-Sat. Fall semester examinations
December 20, Sunday College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 24-31, Thurs.-Thurs. College Holidays, many offices closed
 
2021  
January 1, Friday New Year's Day Holiday (College Holiday, many offices closed)
January 17, Sunday College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
January 18, Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
January 19, Tuesday Spring semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
February 4-6, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
February 15, Monday Presidents' Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
March 5, Friday Spring vacation begins after last class
March 6, Saturday College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 20, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
March 22, Monday Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
March 25-27, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 15-17, Thurs.-Sat. Admitted Student Open House
May 12, Wednesday  Last day of classes; Honors Day
May 13-15, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 14-17, Fri.-Mon. Reading period
May 18-23, Tue.-Sun. Spring semester examinations
May 24, Monday College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 28, Friday Baccalaureate
May 29, Saturday The 216th Commencement Exercises
May 29, Saturday College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
May 31, Monday Memorial Day (College holiday, many offices closed)
Jun 3-6, Thurs.-Sun. Reunion Weekend
July 5, Monday Fourth of July Holiday observed (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.

Sept. 18-20, Fri.-Sun. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sept. 18 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 20
Sept. 27-28, Sun.-Mon. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Sept. 27 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 28
Mar. 27-Apr. 4, Sat.-Sun. Passover, begins at sundown on March 27 and concludes at sundown on April 4
April 2, Friday Good Friday
April 4, Sunday Easter
April 12, Monday Ramadan, begins at first light on April 12 and concludes at last light on May 13
May 12-13, Wed.-Thurs. Eid-al-Fatr, begins at sundown on May 12