Fall Semester 2015

Date Day Description
August 24MondayClasses begin
September 7MondayLabor Day holiday
October 16FridayFall break
November 25WednesdayThanskgiving break begins
November 29SundayThanksgiving break ends
December 4FridayLast day of classes
December 7MondayReading days begin
December 9WednesdayReading days end
December 10ThursdayFinal examinations begin
December 16WednesdayFinal examinations end

Spring Semester 2016

Date Day Description
January 18MondayMartin Luther King Jr. holiday
January 19TuesdayClasses begin
March 13SundaySpring break begins
March 19SaturdaySpring break ends
April 29FridayLast day of classes
May 2MondayReading days begin
May 4WednesdayReading days end
May 5ThursdayFinal examinations begin
May 11WednesdayFinal examinations end
May 20FridayCommencement

Summer Semester 2016

Date Day Description
May 23MondayFirst Summer Session begins
May 30MondayMemorial Day holiday
July 4MondayIndependence Day holiday
August 18ThursdayLast Summer Session ends

Washington University recognizes the individual student’s choice in observing religious holidays that occur during periods when classes are scheduled. Students are encouraged to arrange with their instructors to make up work missed as a result of religious observance, and instructors are asked to make every reasonable effort to accommodate such requests.