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Fall 2020

Date

Day

Event/ Deadline

August 31

Monday

GSE New Student Orientation will take place virtually on August 31st. All incoming students will receive an RSVP link and virtual meeting information by email. There will be both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for orientation available. More information will be provided at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services (OSS) at gse-contactsa@gse.upenn.edu

September 1

Tuesday

Fall term classes begin

September 7

Monday

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)

September 15

Tuesday

Last day to add or drop a class without financial penalty (11:59PM ET via Penn InTouch)

Courses dropped after drop deadline are subject to the following partial refund schedule:
75% refund September 16-22
50% refund September 23-28
NO REFUND September 29- October 12

September 15

Tuesday

Last day for new Summer and Fall incoming students to complete GTAP module without incurring registration hold for Spring 2021

DOCTORAL (PH.D. and ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN DECEMBER 2020 are strongly advised to defend by October 26 to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by November 9. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date

October 12

Monday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)
Courses dropped after TBA require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grades

October 30

Friday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval

October 30

Friday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to Pass/Fail using this petition form. Before electing this option, please consult with your program manager or faculty advisor. Licensure, certification programs, and/or external fellowships may require grades. After 11:59 PM ET, elections cannot be changed for any reason.

November 9

Monday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course (NO REFUND). Student must submit this request form: https://srfs.upenn.edu/withdraw-from-a-course 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

November 9

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for December 2020 degree:
EdD students: upload to Proquest
PhD students: email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu)

November 16

Monday

LAST DAY to apply for December 2020 degree:
All students apply here: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/apply-to-graduate
($75 fee for applications submitted after this deadline)

PHD students must also apply here: https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/gas/degree/app-start.php/
($100 fee for applications submitted after this date)

November 24-25

Tuesday - Wednesday

Alternative class meeting schedule:
Thursday classes will meet on Tuesday, Friday classes will meet on Wednesday

November 26 - 29

Thursday - Sunday

Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASSES)

November 30

Monday

Classes resume

November 30 -December 7

Monday-Monday

Advance Registration for Spring 2021 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

December 7

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for December 2020 degree:
Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

December 7

Monday

LAST DAY Divisions may submit Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for December 2020 degree

 

December 10

Thursday

Alternative class meeting schedule: Monday classes will meet on Thursday

December 10

Thursday

Undergraduate Classes end

December 11

Friday

Course selection for Spring 2021 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

December 17

Thursday

LAST DAY of classes at GSE

December 17

Thursday

LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for December 2020 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office

December 22

Tuesday

Fall term ends for University

January 6

Wednesday

Fall term grades due

 Spring Classes begin on January 20, 2021

*Graduation Applications do not roll over. Names are purged from the system after the December term


Spring 2021

Dates for Spring 2021 are subject to change as final decisions are made regarding the spring term. The University continues to closely monitor developments related to the pandemic. Updates will also be posted to the GSE Coronavirus FAQ site: https://onepenn.gse.upenn.edu/deans-office/coronavirus/faqs

Date

Day

Event/ Deadline

January 20

Wednesday

SPRING TERM CLASSES BEGIN.

February 2

Tuesday

Last day to add or drop a class without financial penalty (11:59 PM ET via Penn InTouch).

Courses dropped after February 2 are subject to the following partial refund schedule:

75% refund February 3 – February 9

50% refund February 10 – February 16

NO REFUND February 17 – March 1

DOCTORAL STUDENTS (PH.D. AND ED.D.) GRADUATING IN MAY 2021 are strongly advised to defend by March 26 in order to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by April 9. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. The Student Records Office requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to final defense date.

March 1

Monday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND).
Courses dropped after March 1 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

March 6 - 14

Saturday - Sunday

Spring Break (NO CLASSES)

March 15

Monday

Classes resume

March 19

Friday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval.

March 19

Friday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to Pass/Fail using the petition form. Before electing this option, please consult with your program manager or faculty advisor. Licensure, certification programs, and/or external fellowships may require grades. After 11:59 PM ET, elections cannot be changed for any reason.

March 22 - April 4

Monday - Sunday

Registration period for Summer & Advance registration for Fall 2021 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

March 26

Friday

LAST DAY for all May and August 2021 graduates to apply to graduate and RSVP for the May 2021 Penn GSE commencement ceremony:
All students apply here: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/apply-to-graduate
($75 fee for applications submitted after this deadline)

Ph.D. students must also apply here: https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/gas/degree/app-start.php/
($100 fee for applications submitted after stated deadline)

March 29

Monday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation will apply (NO REFUND). 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade. Student must submit this request form: https://srfs.upenn.edu/withdraw-from-a-course

April 9

Friday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for May 2021 degree
Ed.D. students: upload to Proquest
Ph.D. students: email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu)

TBA

TBA

Course selection for Fall 2021 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

April 29

Thursday

Undergraduate classes end

May 3

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for May 2021 degree:
Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

May 3

Monday

LAST DAY that divisions may submit Master's Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the Penn GSE Student Records Office for May 2021 graduates

May 11

Tuesday

LAST DAY OF CLASSES AT PENN GSE

May 11

Tuesday

Spring term ends for University

TBA

TBA

Spring term grades due

May 15

Saturday

Penn GSE Commencement ceremony

May 17

Monday

University Commencement ceremony

May 21

Friday

LAST DAY August 2021 graduates can defend without having to pay summer tuition (Note: Both Ph.D. and Ed.D. students are billed at the Ed.D. tuition rate in the Summer term. See tuition and fees page for rates: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/admissions/financial-aid/tuition)

Summer I session begins on Monday, May 24, 2021

* ALL students who wish to march in the Penn GSE Graduation Ceremony must RSVP to march online regardless of graduation date. For eligibility to march please consult the Graduation FAQ site: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/students/graduationfaqs


Summer Term 2021

Date

Day

Event/Deadline

May 24 Monday Summer Session I classes begin at GSE
May 31 Monday Memorial Day Observed (NO CLASSES)
June 1 Tuesday LAST DAY to add or drop a Summer I class without financial penalty (11:59 PM ET via Penn InTouch)

Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule:
50% refund June 2-4 (Email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your request).
Courses dropped after June 4 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.

June 9 Wednesday LAST DAY to withdraw from a Summer Session I course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.
DOCTORAL (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN AUGUST 2021 are strongly advised to defend by June 25 to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by July 9. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date.
June 28 Monday LAST DAY of Summer Session I at GSE
July 1 Thursday Summer Session I grades due
July 2 Friday Summer Session II classes begin at GSE
July 5 Monday Independence Day Observed (NO CLASSES)
July 8 Thursday LAST DAY to add or drop a Summer II class without financial penalty (11:59 PM ET via Penn InTouch)

Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule:
50% refund July 9-July 13 (Email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your request).
Courses dropped after July 13 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.

July 9 Friday LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for August 2021 degree:
Ed.D. students: Upload to Proquest.
Ph.D. students: Email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu).
July 21 Wednesday LAST DAY to withdraw from a Summer Session II course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.
August 2 Monday LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for August 2021 degree:
Ed.D. students: to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus).
Ph.D. students: to Graduate Arts & Sciences.
August 2 Monday LAST DAY Divisions may submit Master’s Examination/Thesis Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for August 2021 degree.
August 6 Friday LAST DAY of Summer Session II at GSE. Alternative class meeting schedule: MONDAY classes meet on this day.
August 6 Friday LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for August 2021 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office.
August 9 Monday Summer Session II grades due
Fall classes begin on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Fall 2021

Date

Day

Event/Deadline

TBA TBA GSE New Student Orientation 
August 31 Tuesday Fall term classes begin
September 6 Monday Labor Day (NO CLASSES)
TBA TBA

Last day to add or drop a class without financial penalty (11:59 PM ET via Penn InTouch)

Courses dropped after drop deadline are subject to the following partial refund schedule:

75% refund September TBA

50% refund September TBA

NO REFUND September TBA

TBA TBA Last day for new Summer and Fall incoming students to complete GTAP module without incurring registration hold for Spring 2022
DOCTORAL (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN DECEMBER 2021 are strongly advised to defend by October 25 to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by November 8. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date.
TBA TBA LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)
Courses dropped after TBA require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grades.
TBA TBA LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval.
TBA Monday-Sunday Advance Registration for Spring 2022 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch
TBA TBA LAST DAY to withdraw from a course (NO REFUND). Requires instructor approval. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.
November 8 Monday LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for December 2021 degree:
Ed.D. students: upload to Proquest.
Ph.D. students: email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu).
November 15 Monday LAST DAY to apply for December 2021 degree:
All students apply here: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/apply-to-graduate
($75 fee for applications submitted after this deadline)

Ph.D. students must also apply here: https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/gas/degree/app-start.php/
($100 fee for applications submitted after this date)

TBA TBA Course selection for Spring 2022 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch
November 23-24 Tuesday-Wednesday Alternative class meeting schedule:
Thursday classes will meet on Tuesday, Friday classes will meet on Wednesday.
November 25-28 Thursday-Sunday Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASSES)
November 29 Monday Classes resume
December 6 Monday LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for December 2021 degree:
• Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
• Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences
December 6 Monday LAST DAY Divisions may submit Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for December 2021 degree.
December 10 Friday Undergraduate Classes end
December 20 Monday LAST DAY of classes at GSE
December 20 Monday LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for December 2021 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office
December 22 Wednesday LAST DAY May 2022 Ed.D. and Ph.D. graduates can hold final defense without having to pay Spring 2022 tuition (must receive a successful pass; tuition waiver does not apply for pending pass)
December 22 Wednesday Fall term ends for University
TBA TBA Fall term grades due
Spring Classes begin on January 12, 2022 (Monday class schedule)
Graduation Applications do not roll over. Names are purged from the system after the December term.

Spring 2022

Date

Day

Event/Deadline

January 12 Wednesday SPRING TERM CLASSES BEGIN. Alternative class meeting schedule: Monday classes meet Wednesday. Classes for remainder of this week meet on normal schedule
January 17 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed (NO CLASSES)
TBA TBA

Last day to add or drop a class without financial penalty (11:59 PM ET via Penn InTouch)

Courses dropped after January TBA are subject to the following partial refund schedule:

75% refund January TBA - February TBA

50% refund February TBA - February TBA

NO REFUND February TBA - TBA

DOCTORAL STUDENTS (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY 2022 are strongly advised to defend by March 25 in order to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by April 8. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to final defense date.
TBA TBA LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)
Courses dropped after February TBA require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade
March 5-13 Saturday-Sunday Spring Break (NO CLASSES)
March 14 Monday Classes resume
TBA TBA LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval
TBA TBA Registration period for Summer & Advance registration for Fall 2022 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch
March 25 Friday LAST DAY for all May and August 2022 graduates to apply to graduate and RSVP for the May 2022 GSE commencement ceremony:
All students apply here: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/apply-to-graduate
($75 fee for applications submitted after this deadline)

Ph.D. students must also apply here: https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/gas/degree/app-start.php/
($100 fee for applications submitted after stated deadline)

TBA TBA LAST DAY to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.
April 8 Friday LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for May 2022 degree.
Ed.D. students: upload to Proquest.
Ph.D. students: email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu).
TBA TBA Course selection for Fall 2022 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10 am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch
April 27 Wednesday Undergraduate classes end
May 2 Monday LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for May 2022 degree:
• Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
• Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences
May 2 Monday LAST DAY that divisions may submit Master's Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for May 2022 graduates.
May 4 Wednesday LAST DAY OF CLASSES AT GSE 
May 10 Tuesday LAST DAY August 2022 graduates can defend without having to pay summer tuition (Note: Both Ph.D. and Ed.D. students are billed at the Ed.D. tuition rate in the Summer term. See tuition and fees page for rates: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/admissions/financial-aid/tuition)
May 10 Tuesday Spring term ends for University
TBA TBA Spring term grades due
May 14 Saturday GSE Commencement ceremony
May 16 Monday University Commencement ceremony
Summer I session begins on Monday, May 23, 2022
* ALL students who wish to march in the GSE Graduation Ceremony must RSVP to march online regardless of graduation date. For eligibility to march please consult the Graduation site: https://onepenn.gse.upenn.edu/student-services/commencement 

Contact the Penn GSE Student Records Office

GSE Student Records Office
3700 Walnut Street - 2nd Floor
215.898.2059
gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu

Janeen Chavis
Registrar & Director of Student Records

Caroline Gonzalez-Ciccone
Assistant Director, Student Records Office