Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Key Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2015
August 1 Saturday Last day to apply for December 2015 degree conferral
August 15 Saturday
  • Last day to file a Late Application to Receive a Degree for December 2015 degree conferral
  • $25 late fee applies
August 18 Tuesday New graduate student orientation
August 23 Sunday Open Registration Ends at Midnight
August 24 Monday
  • Fall Semester 2015 Begins
  • Begin late and change registration
  • Late registration fees apply
September 4 Friday Labor Day Weekend Begins. Classes that begin at 4:15 p.m. or later are canceled.
September 6 Sunday Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of 100%
September 7 Monday Labor Day:  No Class
September 8 Tuesday
  • Classes resume after Labor Day Weekend
  • Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa
  • Last day to request or cancel pass/fail option
September 11 Friday Incomplete grades from Spring 2015 due at the Graduate School
September 20 Sunday Last day to withdraw from classes with a 50% refund
September 27 Sunday Last day to withdraw from classes with a 20% refund (zero credit hereafter)
October 1 Thursday Last day to submit thesis or dissertation for the required format check for December degree conferral
October 5-6 Monday - Tuesday Mid-Semester Break:  No classes
October 7 Wednesday Classes resume after Mid-Semester Break
October 13 Tuesday Last day to apply to take the foreign language examination to fulfill the research tool requirement
October 29 Thursday Spring 2016 Registration begins
October 30 Friday
  • Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W"
  • After this date the penalty grade of "WF" is assigned
November 1 Sunday Last day to submit final approved electronic copies of dissertations or theses for December degree conferral
November 9 Monday Foreign language examination, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Graduate School Office, Granada Center, 4th floor, LSC
November 13 Friday Last day to submit final approved hard copies of dissertations or theses for December degree conferral
November 25-29 Wednesday - Sunday Thanksgiving Break:  No Classes
November 30 Monday Classes resume after Thanksgiving Break
December 1 Tuesday
  • Last day to file an Application to Receive a Degree for May 2016 degree conferral
  • Extension of time requests for Spring 2016 due
December 5 Saturday Fall Semester classes end
December 7-12 Monday - Saturday Final Examinations (No Exams on Sunday) NOTE: Wednesday is a study day. No daytime exams will be held.
December 15 Tuesday
  • Last day to file a Late Application to Receive a Degree for May 2016 degree conferral.
  • $25 late fee applies
Spring 2016
January 17 Sunday Open registration ends
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – No Classes
January 19 Tuesday
  • Spring semester 2016 begins
  • Late and change registration begins
  • Late registration fees apply
January 25 Monday
  • Late and change registration ends 
  • Last day to withdraw without a mark of  "W"
January 29 Friday Incomplete grades from Summer 2015 due at the Graduate School
February 1   Monday
  • Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of 100%
  • Last day to apply for August degree conferral
  • Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa
February 10 Wednesday Ash Wednesday: Classes meet but special worship services available
February 15 Monday
  • Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of 50%
  • Summer 2016 Registration Begins for all Undergraduate and Graduate students - check LOCUS for  details
  • Last day to file a Late Application to Receive a Degree for August 2016 degree conferral.
    • $25 late fee applies
February 22 Sunday Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of  20% (zero credit thereafter)
March 1 Tuesday Last day to submit thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2016 degree conferral
March 7-12 Mon - Sat Spring Break
March 14 Monday Classes resume after Spring Break
March 24-28 Thurs-Mon
  • Easter Holiday: No classes Thursday evening (classes that start 4:15 p.m. or later are cancelled) through Monday afternoon (classes beginning on or after 4:15 p.m. will be held) 
  • Offices closed on Good Friday
March 28 Monday Last day (5:00 p.m.) to withdraw with a grade of "W."  After this date, the penalty grade of "WF" is assigned
April 1 Friday
  • Last day to submit final approved electronic copies of dissertation or thesis for May degree conferral
  • For students in programs requiring a dissertation or thesis, all degree requirements MUST be met by this date unless a master’s student is completing classes for May degree conferral
  • Latest approval date for thesis proposal defense ballots for participation (walking, not graduating) in May 2016 commencement and graduating in August 2016
  • Foreign language examination, 3 p.m.—5:00 p.m., Graduate School Office, Granada Center, 4th floor, LSC
April 15 Friday Last day to submit final approved hard copies of dissertations for or theses for May degree conferral
April 29 Friday Spring Semester Ends
April 29 Friday
  • For August degree conferrals: Dissertation defense ballots are due to the Graduate School by noon to walk in May 2016 Commencement Ceremony
  • Study Day: No examinations
May 2 - May 7 Mon - Sat Final Exams, no exams on Sunday
May 10 Tuesday
May 18   Summer session begins