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Fall 2017

Friday, September 1, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central check-in for new students

Tuesday, September 5, 14 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6, 10 a.m.noon
Key pick-up for returning students

Friday, September 1Wednesday, September 6: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Wednesday, September 6
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 7
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, September 20
End of Interchange registration

To be announced by the president: Mountain Day
Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. Classes scheduled before 7 p.m. are canceled.

Saturday, October 7Tuesday, October 10
Autumn recess

Friday, October 13–Sunday, October 15: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Thursday, November 2: Otelia Cromwell Day
Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment held to honor Smith’s first African American graduate. Afternoon and evening classes are canceled.

Monday, November 6Friday, November 17
Advising and course registration for the second semester

Friday, November 10: Smith in the World Conference
The annual Smith in the World Conference explores the relationship between formal classroom education and learning that takes place off-campus.

Tuesday, November 14: Sherrerd Teaching Prize Ceremony
The Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is given annually to Smith faculty members selected for their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

Wednesday, November 22Sunday, November 26
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 22 and open at 1 p.m. on November 26)

Thursday, December 14
Last day of classes

Friday, December 15Monday, December 18
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, December 19Friday, December 22
Midyear examinations (no evening period on December 22)

Saturday, December 23, 2017–Monday, January 1, 2018
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 23 and open at 1 p.m. on January 2)

Interterm 2018

Wednesday, January 3Tuesday, January 23
During January interterm, the college is open, but residence is not required. Interterm provides time for students to investigate a special area of interest; to participate in courses, activities and conferences at Smith and other area colleges; to do work in libraries, museums, laboratories, etc.; to participate in internships; to work on research projects; or to enjoy the facilities of the campus at a more leisurely pace. No classes are held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15.

Spring 2018

Thursday, January 25
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, February 21: Rally Day
Rally Day is highlighted by an all-college convocation at which distinguished alumnae are awarded the Smith College Medal, with a reception to follow. Afternoon classes are canceled.

Saturday, March 10Sunday, March 18
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 10 and open at 1 p.m. on March 18)

Monday, April 2Friday, April 13
Advising and course registration for the fall semester

TBA: Celebrating Collaborations
Celebrating Collaborations is Smith’s annual showcase of student research and performance, highlighting the collaborative efforts of students and faculty.

Thursday, May 3
Last day of classes

Friday, May 4Monday, May 7
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 8Friday, May 11 
Final examinations (no evening period on May 11)

Saturday, May 12
Houses close at 10 a.m. for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 12.

Sunday, May 20: Commencement
Commencement Weekend is Smith’s final chance to honor its graduating seniors and to observe such traditions as Ivy Day and Illumination Night. The weekend culminates on Sunday when families, friends and seniors gather for the awarding of diplomas.

Monday, May 21
All houses close at noon.


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Fall 2018

Friday, August 31
Central check-in for new students

Friday, August 31Wednesday, September 5: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Tuesday, September 45
Key pick-up and move-in for returning students

Wednesday, September 5
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 6
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, September 19
Last day to add a Five College course; last day to drop a course online

Wednesday, September 26
Last day to add a Smith course

To be announced by the president: Mountain Day
Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. Classes scheduled before 7 p.m. are canceled.

Saturday, October 6Tuesday, October 9 
Autumn recess

TBA: Sherrerd Teaching Prize Ceremony
The Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is given annually to Smith faculty members selected for their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

TBA: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Thursday, November 1: Otelia Cromwell Day
Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment held to honor Smith’s first African American graduate. Afternoon and evening classes are canceled.

Monday, November 5Friday, November 16
Advising and course registration for the second semester

Wednesday, November 21Sunday, November 25
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 21 and open at 1 p.m. on November 25)

Thursday, December 13
Last day of classes

Friday, December 14Monday, December 17
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, December 18Friday, December 21
Midyear examinations (no evening period on December 21)

Saturday, December 22, 2018–Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 22 and open at 1 p.m. on January 2)

Interterm 2019

Thursday, January 3Wednesday, January 23
During January interterm, the college is open, but residence is not required. Interterm provides time for students to investigate a special area of interest; to participate in courses, activities and conferences at Smith and other area colleges; to do work in libraries, museums, laboratories, etc.; to participate in internships; to work on research projects; or to enjoy the facilities of the campus at a more leisurely pace. No classes are held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21.

Spring 2019

Thursday, January 24
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, February 6
Last day to add a Five College course; last day to drop a course online

Wednesday, February 13
Last day to add a Smith course

Wednesday, February 20: Rally Day
Rally Day is highlighted by an all-college convocation at which distinguished alumnae are awarded the Smith College Medal, with a reception to follow. Afternoon classes are canceled.

Saturday, March 9Sunday, March 17
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 9 and open at 1 p.m. on March 17)

Monday, April 1Friday, April 12
Advising and course registration for the fall semester

TBA: Celebrating Collaborations
Celebrating Collaborations is Smith’s annual showcase of student research and performance, highlighting the collaborative efforts of students and faculty.

Thursday, May 2
Last day of classes; Wednesday afternoon classes meet

Friday, May 3Monday, May 6
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 7Friday, May 10 
Final examinations (no evening period on May 10)

Saturday, May 11
Houses close at 10 a.m. for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 11.

Sunday, May 19: Commencement
Commencement Weekend is Smith’s final chance to honor its graduating seniors and to observe such traditions as Ivy Day and Illumination Night. The weekend culminates on Sunday when families, friends and seniors gather for the awarding of diplomas.

Monday, May 20
All houses close at noon.


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Fall Semester 2016 2017 2018
Labor Day September 5 September 4 September 3
Classes Begin September 8 September 7 September 6
Last day to add a Five College course September 21 September 20 September 19
Fall Break October 8–11 October 7–10 October 6–9
Family Weekend October 21–23 October 13–15 TBA
Otelia Cromwell Day November 3 November 2 November 1
Spring Advising/Registration November 7–18 November 6-17 November 5–16
Thanksgiving Break November 23–27 November 22-26 November 21–25
Classes End December 15 December 14 December 13
Pre-exam Study Period December 16–18 December 15–18 December 14–17
Examinations December 19–22 December 19–22 December 18–21
Winter Recess December 23–
January 2
December 23–
January 1
December 22–
January 1
Grades Due January 9, 2017 January 8, 2018 January 8, 2019
Interterm January 4–24, 2017 January 3–23, 2018 January 3–23, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16 January 15 January 21
Spring Semester 2017 2018 2019
Classes Begin January 26 January 25 January 24
Last day to add a Five College course February 8 February 7 February 6
Rally Day February 23 February 21 February 20
Spring Break March 11–19 March 10–18 March 9–17
Fall Advising/Registration April 3–14 April 2–13 April 1–12
Classes End May 4 May 3 May 2
Pre-exam Study Period May 5–8 May 4–7 May 3–6
Examinations May 9–12 May 8–11 May 7–10
Grades Due (seniors) May 15 May 14 May 13
Commencement May 21 May 20 May 19
Grades Due (others) May 22 May 21 May 20