Academic deadlines and events

Academic term deadlines

Table of academic term deadlines
Terms and Deadlines Fall 2017
September 1 - December 31
Winter 2018
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2018
May 1 - August 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins July 25 (T) November 29 (W) March 27 (T) 
Term Begins September 1 (F) January 1 (M) May 1 (T)
Co-operative Work Term Begins September 5 (T) January 2 (T) May 1 (T)
Classes Begin September 7 (Th) January 3 (W) May 1 (T)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline September 27 (W) January 23 (T) May 22 (T)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends October 6 (F) February 2 (F) June 1 (F)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status November 1 (W) February 1 (Th) June 30 (S)
Government Reporting Date November 1 (W) February 1 (Th) June 30 (S)
Study Days October 10, 11 (T, W)  February 19-23 (M-F) N/A
50% Tuition Refund Deadline October 25 (W) February 20 (T) June 19 (T)
Convocation October 20, 21 (F, S) N/A June 12-16 (T-S)
Classes End December 4 (M) April 4 (W) July 25 (W)
Make-up Day(s) for in-term holidays and Study Days October 12, 13 (Th, F) April 4 (W) May 22 (T), July 25 (W)
Pre-Examination Study Days December 5, 6 (T, W) April 5, 6 (Th, F) July 26, 27 (Th, F)
On-Campus Examinations Begin December 7 (Th) April 9 (M) July 28 (S)
Online Class Examination Days December 8, 9 (F, S) April 13, 14 (F, S) July 28 (S), August 3 (F)
On-Campus Examinations End December 21 (Th) April 24 (T) August 11 (S)
Co-operative Work Term Ends December 22 (F) April 27 (F) August 24 (F)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30, 2018 (M)
Spring Convocation
April 30 (M)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (F)
Grades available on Quest January 1 (M) May 1 (T) September 1 (S)

Note: For information on payment instructions and graduate student fees please refer to the Finance website.

Deadlines for submission of the Graduate studies intention to graduate/program completion form to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) are:  

Table of convocation ceremonies and deadlines
Convocation ceremony Deadline
Spring Convocation
April 30 - for students degree completing in the Fall (Sept-Dec) and Winter (Jan-April) terms
Fall Convocation
August 31 - for students degree completing in the Spring (May-Aug) term


  1. Students who have completed all program requirements must submit the Graduate studies intention to graduate/program completion form to their department to initiate a formal review and verification of their program completion status and approval to graduate. Once approved by the department the form will be submitted to GSPA for completion processing.
  2. Receipt of this completed form (in GSPA) by the deadline indicated above, acknowledges a student's intention to graduate and completion of all degree requirements (for programs with a thesis, completion includes submission and approval from GSPA of the thesis in UWSpace).
  3. The completion, degree, and convocation dates will appear on student academic records/transcripts.

Full Convocation information is available through the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.


Table of holidays
Holidays Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
Victoria Day N/A N/A May 21 (M)
Canada Day N/A N/A July 2 (M)
Civic Holiday N/A N/A August 6 (M)
Labour Day September 4 (M) N/A N/A
Thanksgiving Day October 9 (M) N/A N/A
Closure for the Holiday Season December 25-29 (M-F) N/A N/A
New Year's Day N/A January 1 (M) N/A
Family Day N/A February 19 (M) N/A
Good Friday N/A March 30 (F) N/A

Note: Some University departments may be open for limited service on these days.

Mid-term study break

A mid-term break (e.g., Winter Reading Week) is intended to act as a pause for students in an academic term, to reflect upon and catch up on their term’s work to date and, as necessary, prepare for any upcoming mid-term assignments and assessments.

During this pause, there are to be no scheduled meetings or assignments for students (e.g., classes, labs, tutorials, seminars, exams, TA-related work). While exceptions may exist (e.g., co-operative employment interviews, clinical rotations, PhD comprehensive exams, graduate thesis defenses), the pause applies to meetings involving both undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadlines for student submissions will not be scheduled during the break. Student services such as student advising support, Health Services, Counselling Services, the library, and residences are expected to continue to provide service.

The above terms of reference are not meant to include responsibilities associated with graduate students in their roles as research assistants or in any other employment capacity (excluding TA-related work as mentioned above) with the university. In these situations, students and employers should clarify their mutual expectations concerning work-related responsibilities during the mid-term break.

University of Waterloo Committees and meeting dates


Table of abbreviations
Key Description
(M) Monday
(T) Tuesday
(W) Wednesday
(Th) Thursday
(F) Friday
(S) Saturday
(U) Sunday
(TBA) To be announced
(N/A) Not applicable