Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Key Dates and Deadlines

Deadlines for Lake Shore and Water Tower Graduate School Programs

These dates are subject to change. Health Sciences Campus Graduate School Programs may have different deadlines. Please contact your Graduate Program Director for assistance. 

 

Spring 2021
January 17 Open registration ends at Midnight.
January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - no classes, office closed.
January 19 Spring semester begins. 
January 25 Late and change registration ends. Last day to withdraw without a "W" grade.
January 29 Incomplete grades from Summer due to the Graduate School. 
February 1 Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 100% - dates maintained by Bursar. Last day to file an Application to Receive a Degree for August degree conferral. Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass-no pass option. 
February 10-14 First Break - no classes. 
February 15 Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of 50% - dates maintained by Bursar.
February 17 Ash Wednesday - classes meet except when this Holiday falls during Spring Break. Special worship services available. 
February 22 Summer Registration Begins. Last day to drop class(es) with a Bursar credit of 20% (zero credit thereafter)
March 1 Last day to submit thesis or dissertation for a format check for May degree conferral. Last day for students to submit assignments to change an "I" grade, from the preceding Fall Semester and the preceding "J" Term, to a letter grade; Faculty may set an earlier deadline. 
March 6-10 Second Break - no classes.
March 10 Last day to apply to take the foreign language examination to fulfill the research tool requirements. 
March 15 Students who wish to participate in commencement must have a thesis/dissertation proposal approved on file in GSPS by this date.
March 26 Students who are graduating in August 2021 but wish to participate in May’s commencement ceremony must have their thesis or dissertation defended by this date. PhD students who wish to have their dissertation title displayed in virtual commencement ceremony must defend their dissertation prior to this date.
TBD Foreign language exam
April 1 Last day to submit final approved copies of dissertation or thesis for May degree conferral (All other degree requirements MUST be met by this date, excluding pending Spring semester final grades). Please see above March 26 deadline for inclusion in Commencement day slides. 
April 1-5 Easter Holiday - No classes Thursday evening (classes that start 4:15 p.m. or later are canceled) through Monday afternoon (classes beginning on or after 4:00 p.m. will be held). 
April 2 Good Friday - offices closed. 
April 14 Last day to withdraw with grade of "W". After this date the penalty grade of "WF" is assigned. 
April 19 Fall Registration begins.
April 30 Spring semester ends. 
May 3-8 Final Examinations
May 11 Commencement Ceremony, Virtual

 

Summer 2021
May 24 Early Summer Session (4-Week Session) and Summer Session A (First 6-Week Session) begin. Incomplete grade from Fall semester due to the Graduate School. 
May 25 Early Summer Session (4-Week Session) and Summer Session A (First 6-Week Session): Last day to drop a course without a "W" grade. 
May 28 Summer Session A (First 6-Week Session): Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass/no pass option. 
May 31 Memorial Day - office closed.
June 1 Last day to submit thesis or dissertations from required format check for August degree conferral. 
June 7 Summer Session C (8-Week Session) begins. 
June 8 Summer Session C (8-Week Session): Last day to drop a course without a "W" grade. 
June 11 Early Summer Session (4-Week Session): Last day to withdraw from session without a penalty of "WF". Summer Session C (8-Week Session): Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass/no pass option.
June 18 Early Summer Session (4-Week Session) ends. 
June 19 Juneteenth - no classes, office closed. 
June 25 Summer Session A (6-Week Session): Last day to withdraw from session without a penalty of "WF". 
July 1 Last day to submit final approved copies of dissertation for August degree conferral. 
July 2 Summer Session A (First 6-Week Session) ends. 
July 4-5 Independence Day - no classes, office closed. 
July 6 Summer Session B (Second 6-Week Session) begins. 
July 7 Summer Session B (Second 6-Week Session): Last day to drop a course without a "W" grade. 
July 12 Summer Session B (Second 6-Week Session): Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass/no pass option.
July 16 Summer Session C (8-Week Session): Last day to withdraw from session without a penalty of "WF". 
July 30 Summer Session C (8-Week Session) ends. 
August 1 Last day to file an Application to Receive a Degree for December degree conferral.
August 6 Summer Session B (Second 6-Week Session): Last day to withdraw from session without a penalty of "WF".
August 13 Summer Session B (Second 6-Week Session) ends. 

 

Fall 2021
TBD New Graduate Student Orientation
TBD Graduate Assistant Workshop
August 29 Open registration ends at Midnight.
August 30 Fall semester begins. 
September 3 Labor Day Weekend begins. Classes that begin at 4:15 PM or later are canceled.
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 100% - dates maintained by Bursar. Incomplete grades from Spring semester due to the Graduate School. 
September 6 Labor Day - no classes. 
September 7 Classes resume after Labor Day. Late changes and registration ends. Last day to withdraw without a "W" grade. 
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 50% - dates maintained by Bursar. 
September 13 Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass/fail option. 
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 20% - dates maintained by Bursar. 
October 1 Last day to submit dissertation or thesis for the required format check for December degree conferral. 
October 8 Last day for students to submit assignments to change and "I" mark, from the preceding Spring and Summer terms, to a letter grade. Faculty may set earlier deadline. 
TBD Last day to apply to take the foreign language examination to fulfill the research tool requirements. 
TBD Spring Registration begins.
October 11-12 Mid-Semester Break (no classes)
October 13 Classes resume after Mid-Semester Break. 
November 1 Last day to submit final approved electronic copies of dissertation or thesis for December degree conferral. 
TBD Foreign language examination
November 5 Last day to submit final approved electronic copies of dissertation or thesis for December degree conferral.
November 24-27 Thanksgiving Break - no classes. 
November 29 Classes resume (online) after Thanksgiving Break. 
December 1 Last day to file an Application to Receive a Degree for May degree conferral. Extension of Time Requests for Spring 2020 due. 
December 11 Fall semester classes end. 
December 13-18 Final Examinations

 

Spring 2022
January 16 Open registration ends at Midnight.
January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - no classes, office closed.
January 18
Spring semester begins. 
January 24 Late and change registration ends. Last day to withdraw without a "W" grade.
January 28 Incomplete grades from Summer due to the Graduate School. 
February 1 Last day to file an Application to Receive a Degree for August degree conferral. Last day to convert from credit to audit or vice versa. Last day to request or cancel pass-no pass option. 
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 100% - dates maintained by Bursar.
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 50% - dates maintained by Bursar.
February 14 Summer registration begins.
TBD Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 20% - dates maintained by Bursar.
February 28 Last day to submit thesis or dissertation for a format check for May degree conferral. Last day for students to submit assignments to change an "I" grade, from the preceding Fall Semester and the preceding "J" Term, to a letter grade; Faculty may set an earlier deadline.
March 2 Ash Wednesday - classes meet except when this Holiday falls during Spring Break. Special worship services available.
TBD Spring Break - no classes.
March 10 Last day to apply to take the foreign language examination to fulfill the research tool requirements. 
March 15 Students who wish to participate in commencement must have a thesis/dissertation proposal approved on file in GSPS by this date.
March 25 PhD students who wish to have their dissertation title displayed in virtual commencement ceremony must defend their dissertation prior to this date.
TBD Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W". After this date the penalty grade of "WF" is assigned. 
TBD Fall Registration begins. 
TBD Foreign language exam
April 1 Last day for approved thesis proposals to be on file in GSPS for August graduates to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Last day to submit final approved copies of dissertation or thesis for May degree conferral (All other degree requirements MUST be met by this date, excluding pending Spring semester final grades). 
April 14-18 Easter Holiday - No classes Thursday evening (classes that start 4:15 p.m. or later are canceled) through Monday afternoon (classes beginning on or after 4:00 p.m. will be held). 
April 15 Good Friday - offices closed. 
April 29 Spring semester ends.
April 30 For August degree conferrals: Dissertations defense ballots are due to the Graduate School by noon to walk in May commencement ceremony. 
May 2-7 Final Examinations
TBD Commencement Ceremony