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Spring 2020

Date

Day

Event/ Deadline

January 15

Wednesday

SPRING TERM CLASSES BEGIN; Alternative class meeting schedule: Monday classes meet Wednesday. Classes for remainder of this week meet on normal schedule

January 20

Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (NO CLASSES)

January 28

Tuesday

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

Courses dropped after January 28 are subject to the following partial refund schedule:
75% refund January 29 – February 2
50% refund February 3 - February 9
NO REFUND February 10 - February 24

DOCTORAL STUDENTS (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY 2020 are strongly advised to defend by March 27 in order to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by April 10. 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

February 24

Monday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)

Courses dropped after February 24 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

March 7 - 15

Saturday - Sunday

Spring Break (NO CLASSES)

March 16 Monday

Classes resume

[begin deleted]March 20[end deleted] March 27 Friday LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval

March 27

Friday

LAST DAY for all May and August 2020 graduates to apply to graduate and RSVP for the May 2020 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)

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

April 10

Friday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for May 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)

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April 13

Monday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade.

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April 14 – April 24

Monday - Sunday

Registration period for Summer & Advance registration for Fall 2020 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

TBA

 

Course selection for Fall 2020 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

April 29

Wednesday

Undergraduate classes end

May 4

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for May 2020 degree:

Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

May 4

Monday

LAST DAY that divisions may submit Master's Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for May 2020 graduates

May 6

Wednesday

LAST DAY OF CLASSES AT GSE

May 11

Monday

Spring term grades due

May 12

Tuesday

Spring term ends for University

May 16

Saturday

GSE Commencement ceremony

May 18

Monday

University Commencement ceremony

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May 22*

Friday

LAST DAY August 2020 graduates can defend without having to pay summer tuition (Note: Both PHD and EDD students are billed at the EDD tuition rate in the Summer term. See tuition and fees page for rates: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/admissions_financial/tuition

*extended due to COVID-19

Summer I session begins on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

* 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 FAQ site: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/students/graduationfaqs


Summer 2020

Date

Day

Event/ Deadline

May 26

Tuesday

Summer Session I classes begin at GSE

June 2

Tuesday

LAST DAY to add or drop a Summer I class without financial penalty (11:59PM ET via Penn InTouch).

Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule:
50% refund June 3 - 5 (Email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your request)
Courses dropped after June 5 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

June 10

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 STUDENTS (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN August 2020 are strongly advised to defend by June 26 in order to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by July 10. 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

June 29

Monday

LAST DAY of Summer Session I at GSE

July 2

Thursday

Summer Session I grades due

July 6 Monday

Summer Session II classes begin at GSE

July 10 Friday

LAST DAY to add or drop a Summer II class without financial penalty (11:59PM ET via Penn InTouch).

Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule: 
50% refund July 13 - 15 (Email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your request) 
Courses dropped after July 15 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

July 10

Friday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for August 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)

July 22

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 3

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for August 2020 degree:

EdD students: to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
PhD students: to Graduate Arts & Sciences

August 3

Monday

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

August 7

Friday

LAST DAY of Summer Session II at GSE

August 7

Friday

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

August 12

Wednesday

Summer Session II grades due

Fall classes begin on Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Fall 2020

Date

Day

Event/ Deadline

TBA

TBA

GSE New Student Orientation (full schedule TBA)

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

TBA

TBA

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

November 2-15

Monday-Sunday

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

November 9

Monday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course (NO REFUND). Requires instructor approval. '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)

TBA

TBA

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

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

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

Undergraduate Classes end

December 21

Monday

LAST DAY of classes at GSE

December 21

Monday

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

TBA

TBA

Fall term grades due

 Spring Classes begin on January 13, 2021 (Monday class schedule)

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

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