Office of the Registrar

Sessional Dates

Undergraduate Sessional Dates, as approved by Undergraduate Council:

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

 

Fall/Winter Session 2014-15 (current period)

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 (future period)

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

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.