Graduate Calendar 2023-2024

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.

KU Registrar

KU Registrar Calendar

FALL 2023Date
Classes BeginAugust 21
Labor DaySeptember 4
Early Graduation Deadline (1)September 5
Fall BreakOctober 14-17
Thanksgiving BreakNovember 22-26
Last Day of ClassesDecember 7
Final ExaminationsDecember 11-15
Degree Requirements Deadline (2)December 15
Degrees AwardedDecember 31


SPRING 2024Date
Classes BeginJanuary 16
Early Graduation Deadline (1)January 30
Application for Graduation Deadline (3)March 1
Spring BreakMarch 11-17
Last Day of ClassesMay 2
Final ExaminationsMay 6-10
Degree Requirements Deadline (2)May 10
Degrees AwardedMay 12


SUMMER 2024Date
Application for Graduation Deadline (3)March 1
Classes BeginJune 4
Early Graduation Deadline (1)June 11
Last Day of ClassesJuly 26
Degree Requirements Deadline (2)July 26
Degrees AwardedAugust 1

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

2024 Commencement:  May 12 

Information about KU commencement ceremonies is available at  

2024 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony:  TBD 

Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 graduates are eligible to participate.  The most up-to-date information, including all dates and deadlines, can be found at   Questions should be directed to