221st Academic Year

2022–2023

Subject to change. Last updated: June 2020
*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 2022

August 21–22, Sun.–Mon. International Student Orientation
August 23, Tues. First Year arrival day
August 24–27, Wed.–Sat. Orientation Trips
August 27–30, Sat.–Tues. Orientation
August 28, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
August 30, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
August 31, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
September 15–18, Thurs.–Sun. Explore Bowdoin I
September 17, Sat. Common Good Day
September 22–24, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
October 7, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 7–9, Fri.–Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 12, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
October 13–15, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 28, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 28–30, Fri.–Sun. Family Weekend
November 3–6, Thurs.–Sun. Explore Bowdoin II
November 8, Tues. Election Day
November 23, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:30 a.m.
November 28, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
December 9, Fri. Last day of classes
December 10–13, Sat.–Tues. Reading period
December 14–19, Wed.–Mon. Fall semester examinations
December 20, Tues. College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 23–30, Fri.–Fri. College holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2023

January 21, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
January 23, Mon. Spring semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
February 9–11, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 10, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 11, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 25, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
March 27, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
March 30–April 1, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 13–15, Thurs.–Sat. Admitted Student Open House
May 5, Fri. Honors Day
May 10, Wed. Last day of classes
May 11–13, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 11–14, Thurs.–Sun. Reading period
May 15–20, Mon.–Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 21, Sun. College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 26, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 27, Sat. The 217th Commencement Exercises
May 27, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
June 1–4, 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 2022-2023 academic year Eid-al-Adha
September 25–27, Sun.–Tues. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sept. 25 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 27
October 4–5, Tues.–Wed. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Oct. 4 and concludes at sundown on Oct. 5
October 24, Mon. Diwali
March 22–April 20, Wed.–Thurs. Ramadan, begins at first light on March 22 and concludes at last light on April 20
April 5–12, Wed.–Wed. Passover, begins at sundown on April 5 and concludes at sundown on April 12
April 7, Fri. Good Friday
April 9, Sun. Easter
April 21–23, Fri.–Sun. Eid-al-Fitr, begins at sundown on April 21

Federally Recognized Holidays

September 5, Mon. Labor Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
October 10, Mon. Columbus Day* (Classes not in session - Fall Break, but offices are open)
November 11, Fri. Veterans Day (Classes in session, offices open)
November 24, Thurs. Thanksgiving (Nov 23-25 are College holidays, most offices closed)
December 23, Fri. Christmas holiday observed (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 2, Mon. New Year's Day holiday observed (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 16, Mon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
February 20, Mon. Presidents' Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
May 29, Mon. Memorial Day (College holiday, most offices closed)
June 19, Mon. Juneteenth** (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