Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook

College Calendar

*Religious holidays and Bowdoin's policy on observance of these can be found at the bottom of this page. Federally recognized holidays are also found at the bottom of this page.

Date Event
218th Academic Year
Fall 2019
August 27, Tues. First-year arrival day
August 28–31, Wed.–Sat. Orientation Trips
August 31–September 3, Sat.–Tues. Orientation
September 1, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
September 3, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
September 4, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
September 19–21, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
September 19–22, Thurs.–Sun. Explore Bowdoin I
September 21, Sat. Common Good Day
October 4–6, Fri.–Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 11, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 16, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:30 a.m.
October 17–19, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 25, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 25–27, Fri.–Sun. Family Weekend
November 5, Tues. Election Day
November 7–10, Thurs.–Sun. Explore Bowdoin II
November 27, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m.a (November 27–29: College holidays, many offices closed)
December 2, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
December 11, Wed. Last day of classes
December 12–15, Thurs.–Sun. Reading period
December 16–21, Mon.–Sat. Fall semester examinations
December 22, Tues. College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 24–31, Tues.–Tues. College holidays, many offices closed
Spring 2020
January 19, Sun. College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
January 21, Tues. Spring semester classes begin, 8:30 a.m.
February 6–8, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 6, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 7, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 21, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m.
March 23, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
April 2–4, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board Meetings
April 16–18, Thurs.–Sat. Admitted Student Open House
May 6, Wed. Last day of classes; Honors Day
May 7–9, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 7–10, Thurs.–Sun. Reading Period
May 11–16, Mon.–Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 17, Sun. College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 22, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 23, Sat. The 215th Commencement Exercises
May 23, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
May 28–31, Thurs.–Sun. Reunion Weekend

In recognition of Bowdoin’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body and the variety of religions observed and practiced by our students, faculty are encouraged to avoid conflicts between in-class examinations and other significant academic work and major religious holidays. The calendar below was developed in collaboration with the director of religious and spiritual life, and includes major observances of the officially recognized religious groups at Bowdoin. In addition, the multi-faith calendar from the Harvard Divinity School is a valuable resource regarding many other religious observances that do not appear in the list below, but that may be of significance to members of our community.

Students are expected to declare their intention to observe religious holidays at the beginning of the semester. Students should work with instructors when there are conflicts with scheduled examinations, papers, or project due dates and significant religious holidays observed by the students so that, when warranted, alternative arrangements for completing the work may be made.

Students or faculty who have any questions regarding how best to balance the academic calendar alongside religious observances are encouraged to consult with Eduardo Pazos, director of religious and spiritual life.

Date Event
Religious Holidays
September 29–October 1, Sun.–Tues. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sept. 29 and concludes at sundown on Oct. 1
October 8–9, Tues.–Wed. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Oct. 8 and concludes at sundown on Oct. 9
October 27, Sunday Diwali
April 8–16, Wed.–Thurs. Passover, begins at sundown on April 8 and concludes at sundown on April 16
April 10, Friday Good Friday
April 12, Sunday Easter
April 24–May 23, Fri.–Sat. Ramadan, begins at first light on April 24 and concludes at last light on May 23
May 24–26, Sat.–Tues. Eid-al-Fitr, begins at sundown on May 24
Federally Recognized Holidays
September 2, Mon. Labor Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
October 14, Mon. Columbus Day (Classes not in session; Fall Break, but offices are open)
November 11, Mon. Veterans Day (Classes in session, offices open)
November 28, Thurs. Thanksgiving (College holiday, most offices closed)
December 25, Wed. Christmas (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 1, Wed. New Year's Day Holiday (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 20, Mon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
February 17, Mon. President's Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
May 25, Mon. Memorial Day (College holiday, many offices closed)
July 3, Fri. Fourth of July holiday observed (College holiday, most offices closed)