220th Academic Year

2021–2022

Subject to change. Last updated: July 2021
*Please see the bottom of this page for a list of federally recognized holidays, religious holidays, and Bowdoin's policy on the observance of religious holidays.

Fall 2021

August 13-14, Fri.-Sat. Celebration of 2020 Graduates
August 22–23, Sun.–Mon. International Student Orientation
August 24, Tues. First-Year arrival day
August 25–28, Wed.–Sat. Orientation Trips
August 28–31, Sat.–Tues. Orientation
August 29, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
August 31, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
September 1, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
September 23–25, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
September 30-October 2, Thurs.-Sat. Explore Bowdoin (virtual)
October 1-3, Fri.–Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 8, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 13, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
October 14–16, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 14–16, Thurs.–Sat. Explore Bowdoin (in person)
October 22, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 22–24, Fri.–Sun. Family Weekend
November 2, Tues. Election Day
November 24, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:30 a.m.
November 29, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
December 10, Fri. Last day of classes
December 11–14, Sat.–Tues. Reading period
December 15–20, Wed.–Mon. Fall semester examinations
December 21, Tues. College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 24–31, Fri.–Fri. College holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2022

January 22, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
January 24, Mon. Spring semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
February 10–12, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 11, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 12, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 26, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
March 28, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
March 31–April 2, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 21-23, Thurs.–Sat. Admitted Student Open House
May 6, Fri. Honors Day
May 11, Wed. Last day of classes
May 12–14, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 12–15, Thurs.–Sun. Reading period
May 16–21, Mon.–Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 22, Sun. College housing closes for nongraduating students, noon
May 27, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 28, Sat. The 217th Commencement Exercises
May 28, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
June 2–5, Thurs.–Sun. Reunion Weekend
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.

Religious Holidays

Not within 2021–2022 academic year Eid-al-Adha
September 6–8, Mon.–Wed. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sept. 6 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 8
September 15–16, Wed.–Thurs. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Sept. 15 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 16
November 4, Thurs. Diwali
April 2–May 1, Sat.–Sun. Ramadan, begins at first light on April 2 and concludes at last light on May 1
April 15, Fri. Good Friday
April 15–22, Fri.–Fri. Passover, begins at sundown on April 15 and concludes at sundown on April 22
April 17, Sun. Easter
May 2–3, Mon.–Tues. Eid-al-Fitr, begins at sundown on May 2

Federally Recognized Holidays

September 6, Mon. Labor Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
October 11, Mon. Columbus Day* (Classes not in session - Fall Break, but offices are open)
November 11, Thurs. Veterans Day (Classes in session, offices open)
November 25, Thurs. Thanksgiving (Nov 24-26 are College holidays, most offices closed)
December 24, Fri. Christmas holiday observed (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 3, Mon. New Year's Day holiday observed (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 17, Mon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
February 21, Mon. Presidents' Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
May 30, Mon. Memorial Day (College holiday, most offices closed)
June 20, Mon. Juneteenth observed** (College holiday, most offices closed)
July 4, Mon. Fourth of July (College holiday, most offices closed)

*Recognized in Maine as Indigenous Peoples' Day

**Recognized in 47 states