- Classes begin - Monday, August 28, 2017
- Labor Day (classes meet) - Monday, September 4, 2017
- Last day to file for May/August graduation - Friday, September 22, 2017
- Fall break begins after last class - Friday, October 13, 2017
- Classes resume - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
- Thanksgiving break begins after classes - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
- Classes resume - Monday, November 27, 2017
- Fall term examination period - Monday, December 11, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017
- Fall term ends - Thursday, December 21, 2017
- Fall diploma date - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
- Registration - Monday, April 3, 2017 through Sunday, January 14, 2018
- Classes begin - Monday, January 15, 2018
- Last day to file for December graduation - Friday, February 23, 2018
- Spring break begins after classes - Friday, March 9, 2018
- Classes resume - Monday, March 19, 2018
- Spring term examination period - Monday, April 30, 2018 through Friday, May 11, 2018
- Spring term ends - Friday, May 11, 2018
- Spring Commencement - Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Baccalaureate Service - Sunday, May 13, 2018
The University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression. The University is also an active community with a wide range of personal commitments and academic and extracurricular activities.
Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays. Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible.
Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance. A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester. The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner.
Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students' religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.
The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions. However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday not included on the calendar.
The holidays listed are those which occur during the academic year when the University is open.
- Buddha's Enlightenment Day - Friday, December 8, 2017
- Buddha's Birthday - Sunday, April 8, 2018
- Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 14, 2018
- Good Friday - Friday, March 30, 2018
- Easter - Sunday, April 1, 2018
- Christmas - Sunday, January 7, 2018
- Good Friday - Friday, April 6, 2018
- Easter - Sunday, April 8, 2018
- Rosh Hashanah - Thursday, September 21, 2017
- Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30, 2017
- First day of Sukkot - Thursday, October 5, 2017
- First day of Passover - Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Eid al-Fitr - Sunday, June 25, 2017
- Eid al-Adha - Friday, September 1, 2017
- Ashura - Sunday, October 1, 2017
- Diwali - Thursday, October 19, 2017