Office of the Registrar

Sessional Dates

Undergraduate Sessional Dates, as approved by Senate:

  • 2014-15 (effective from September 2014 – August 2015)
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The sessional dates for 2014-2015 include two recess periods (Fall, Spring).
  • 2015-16 (effective from September 2015 – August 2016)
  • For convocation dates, see below or visit the Convocation website

Fall/Winter Session 2014-15 (current period)

 2015-2016 Sessional dates-Model #1 final- week long, no buffer day, 12 exam days, unbalanced TERM 1
(62 days)
TERM 2
(62 days)
TERM 3
(124 days)
Registration begins
To be announced
Classes begin
Thursday, September 4 Monday, January 5 Thursday, September 4
Last day for registration and changes in registration*
Friday, September 12 Tuesday, January 13 Friday, September 12
Thanksgiving: No classes
Monday, October 13 Monday, October 13
Mid-term recesses
Thursday October 30
to
Saturday, November 1
Monday, February 16
to
Saturday, February 21
Thursday October 30 to Saturday, November 1,
and
Monday, February 16 to Saturday, February 21
Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default*
Friday,  November 7 Friday, March 13 Friday, March 13
Test and Examination Ban (no tests or exams may be held during this period)
Thursday, November 27
to
Thursday, December 4
Wednesday, April 1
to
Thursday, April 9
Wednesday, April 1
to
Thursday, April 9

Good Friday: No classes or examinations

Friday, April 3 Friday, April 3
Classes end
Wednesday, December 3 Wednesday, April 8 Wednesday, April 8
Mid-Session Tests Level (I)
Friday, December 5
to
Saturday, December 20
Final Examinations
Friday, December 5
to
Saturday, December 20
Friday, April 10
to
Thursday, April 30
Friday, April 10
to
Thursday, April 30
Deferred examinations
Tuesday, February 17
to
Friday, February 20
Monday, June 22
to
Thursday, June 25
Monday, June 22
to
Thursday, June 25

*The SOLAR system will be available until 11:59 p.m. on the dates indicated.

2015 Spring/Summer Term

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The 2014-2015 Spring/Summer dates reflect terminology changes resulting from the implementation of the Mosaic enterprise resource planning system. Effective May 2015, the academic year will be divided into three Terms which may have multiple Sessions within each Term: Fall Term (September-December), Winter Term (January-April), and Spring/Summer Term (May-August).

 
 

SESSION 1
(34 days)

SESSION 2
(33 days)

FULL-TERM
COURSES
(67 days)

Classes begin
Monday, May 4
Monday, June 22
Monday, May 4
Last day for registration and changes in registration
Friday, May 8
Friday, June 26
Friday, May 8
Victoria Day: No classes
Monday, May 18
Monday, May 18
Canada Day: No classes
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, July 1
Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default
Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday, July 22
Wednesday, July 22
Civic Holiday: No classes
Monday, August 3
Monday, August 3
Classes end
Friday, June 19
Friday, August 7
Friday, August 7
Final Examinations
As arranged by instructor in class time
Deferred Examinations
December 2015 Exam period

Fall and Winter Terms 2015-16

 

 

Fall Term(61 days) Winter Term(63 days) Courses Spanning
both Terms
(124 days)
Registration begins To be announced
Classes begin Tuesday, September 8 Tuesday, January 5 Tuesday, September 8
Last day for registration and changes in registration* Wednesday, September 16 Wednesday, January 13 Wednesday, September 16
Mid-term recess Monday October 12 to
Saturday October 17
Monday, February 15 to Saturday, February 20 Monday October 12 to Saturday October 17and,Monday, February 15 to Saturday, February 20
Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default* Friday, November 13 Friday, March 11 Friday, March 11
Test and Examination Ban(no tests or exams may be held    during this period) Wednesday, December 2 to Tuesday, December 8 Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11 Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11
Good Friday: No classesor examinations Friday, March 25 Friday, March 25
Classes end Tuesday, December 8 Friday, April 8 Friday, April 8
Mid-Term Tests Level (I) Wednesday, December 9 to Tuesday, December 22
Final Examinations Wednesday, December 9 to Tuesday, December 22(12 days) Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 29 Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 29
Deferred examinations Tuesday, February 16 to Saturday, February 20 Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 23 Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 23

Spring/Summer Term 2016

   SESSION 1
(34 days)
SESSION 2
(33 days)
FULL-TERM COURSES
(67 days)
Classes begin Monday, May 2 Monday, June 20 Monday, May 2
Last day for registration and changes in registration Friday, May 6 Friday, June 24 Friday, May 6
Victoria Day: No classes Monday, May 23 Monday, May 23
Canada Day: No classes Friday, July 1 Friday, July 1
Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default Wednesday, June 1 Wednesday, July 20 Wednesday, July 20
Civic Holiday: No classes Monday, August 1 Monday, August 1
Classes end Friday, June 17 Friday, August 5 Friday, August 5
Final Examinations As arranged by instructor in class time
Deferred Examinations December 2016 Exam period

 


Convocations

Information about Convocation ceremonies can be found at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/category/convocation/

Convocation Dates 2014-15

Convocation Date
Fall 2014 (All Faculties) Friday, November 21
May 2015: Divinity College Tuesday, May 19
May 2015: Health Sciences (excluding Nursing) Friday, May 22
Spring 2015 (All Faculties- see below) Monday, June 8
Tuesday, June 9
Wednesday, June 10
Thursday, June 11
Friday, June 12

2015 Convocation Ceremonies: Breakdown By Faculty

Monday, June 8 9:30 a.m. -
2:30 p.m. Faculty of Business
Tuesday, June 9 9:30 a.m. School of Nursing and the Medical Radiation Sciences Program
2:30 p.m. Faculty of Humanities, and Arts & Science Program
Wednesday, June 10 9:30 a.m. Faculty of Social Science
2:30 p.m. Faculty of Social Science
Thursday, June 11 9:30 a.m. Faculty of Science
2:30 p.m. Faculty of Science
Friday, June 12 9:30 a.m. Faculty of Engineering
2:30 p.m. Faculty of Engineering

Note: The breakdown of the specific majors for each ceremony will be available at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/category/convocation/ in mid-February 2015.