Graduate Calendar 2021-22

Please check with the Graduate Division of your professional school or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for the last date to schedule a master’s final exam, a doctoral oral comprehensive exam, or a final doctoral oral exam for each semester or term. The deadlines below represent the final university deadlines and are subject to change. Professional schools or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences may set earlier deadlines. Students are advised to consult with the appropriate school or College to confirm all deadlines. Academic calendar dates may be viewed at the KU Registrar Calendar link below.

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KU Registrar Calendar

FALL 2021 | CategoryDate
Classes BeginAugust 23
Labor DaySeptember 6
Early Graduation Deadline (1)September 7
Fall BreakOctober 9-12
Thanksgiving BreakNovember 24-28
Last Day of ClassesDecember 9
Final ExaminationsDecember 13-17
Degree Requirements Deadline (3)December 17
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (4)May 14, 2022
Degrees AwardedDecember 31
Commencement (5)May 15, 2022


SPRING 2022 | CategoryDate
Classes BeginJanuary 18
Early Graduation Deadline (1)February 1
Application for Graduation Deadline (2)March 1
Spring BreakMarch 7-13
Last Day of ClassesMay 5
Final ExaminationsMay 9-13
Degree Requirements Deadline (3)May 13
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (4)May 14
Degrees AwardedMay 15
Commencement (5)May 15


SUMMER 2022 | CategoryDate
Classes BeginJune 7
Early Graduation Deadline (1)June 14
Last Day of ClassesJuly 29
Degree Requirements Deadline (3)July 29
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (4)May 14
Degrees AwardedAugust 1
Commencement (5)May 15

Additional Information

1. A student who was enrolled the previous semester and submits all degree requirements by this date will have the degree conferred for this semester but is not required to enroll for this semester.

2. Candidates for Spring and Summer degrees only: Meeting this deadline will ensure the candidate is included on the mailing list for information about the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and will ensure the student’s name is included in the event program for the Ceremony.

3. This is the last day to submit ALL requirements for a degree to be conferred that semester. University degree requirements include: (a) Electronic filing of thesis or dissertation (if applicable) (b) Submission of paperwork to the Graduate Division of the appropriate professional school or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (c) Submission of the Application for Graduation in Enroll & Pay. Students should consult with their professional school or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for additional degree requirements.

4. All students who graduate during the 2021-2022 academic year (Summer and Fall 2021 or Spring 2022) are invited to attend the May 2022 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies may invite Summer 2022 degree candidates to participate by special exception. Please visit the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony website to find other important information about the ceremony.

5. Please visit the Commencement website for more information about graduation recognition ceremonies.