Registrar's Office

University Academic Year and Religious Observance Calendar

The University Academic Year and Religious Observance Calendar lists the first day of classes, final examination week, commencement ceremony dates, official Western Washington University holidays, and religious observances, for fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. The calendar is subject to change. Dates appearing in Admissions or for registration take precedence over those in the University catalog. Some extension programs have varying start dates, check with the site or program office to verify the date classes begin.

In recognition of the diversity of our campus community and to assist with planning the academic year, religious holidays and days of observance are provided for your reference. The Registrar’s Office recommends that students communicate early with their faculty if they may be absent from class in observance of a religious holiday. Flexibility with academic attendance policies is supported and encouraged. If you have any questions please contact the Registrar.

Fall 2019

University Calendar

Orientation and Registration for New Freshmen September 23
Classes Begin (tuition and fees due) September 25
Veteran's Day November 11
Thanksgiving Recess (no classes Wednesday, November 27, University open) November 28-29
Final Exams December 9-13
Commencement December 14

Religious Observance

Eid al’Adha August 12-15
Mabon September 23
Navaratri/Dussehra September 29-October 7
Rosh Hashana (New Year) September 30-October 1
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) October 9
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) October 14-20
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah October 21-22
Diwali October 27
Birth of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh October 29-30
Samhain November 1
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad’s birthday) November 10
Yule December 21
Hanukkah (Chanukah) December 23-30
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) December 25
Kwanzaa December 26-January 1

Winter 2020

University Calendar

Orientation and Registration for New Freshmen January 6
Classes Begin (tuition and fees due) January 7
Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday January 20
Presidents' Day holiday February 17
Final Exams March 16-20
Commencement March 21

Religious Observance

Orthodox Christmas January 7
Chinese New Year January 25
Imbolc February 2
The Nineteen Day Fast March 2-20
Magha Puja Day March 9
Hola Mohalla March 10
Ostara March 20
Naw Ruz (New Year) March 21

Spring 2020

University Calendar

Orientation and Registration for New Freshmen March 30
Classes Begin (tuition and fees due) March 31
Memorial Day holiday May 25
Final Exams June 8-12
Commencement June 13

Religious Observance

Passover (Pesach) April 9-15
Good Friday April 10
Easter April 12
First Day of Ridvan April 21
Beginning of Ramadan April 24
Ninth Day of Ridvan April 29
Beltane May 1
Twelfth Day of Ridvan May 2
Declaration of the Báb May 23
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh May 29
Laylet al-Qadr June 1
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) June 7
Litha June 21
Shavuot June 29-30

Summer 2020

University Calendar

Six-week session June 23-July 31
Nine-week session June 23-August 21
Classes begin June 23
Independence Day holiday July 4
Commencement August 22

Religious Observance

Asalha Puja Day July 5
Martydom of the Báb July 9
Eid al Adha July 31-August 3
Lughnasadh August 1