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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Academic Calendar

Approved and Updated November 2020

Fall 2020

New/Transfer Students Move In

Thursday, August 27

Welcome Week Activities

Sat. - Fri., August 29 - September 4

Returning Students Move In

Sat. - Sun., August 29 - 30

Classes Begin

Monday, August 31

Last Day to Add/Drop

Friday, September 4

Progress Reports Due

Friday, October 9

Thanksgiving Recess Begins

Friday, November 20 (10 p.m.)

Classes Resume

Monday, November 30 (8 a.m.)

Last Day of Classes

Friday, December 11

Last Day to Withdraw

Friday, December 11 (11:59 p.m.)

Last Day to Elect S/U

Friday, December 11 (11:59 p.m.)

Academic Preparation

Sat. - Sun., December 12 - 13

Final Examinations

Mon. - Fri., December 14 - 18

Final Grades Due

Tuesday, December 22 (10 a.m.)

Winter Session:

  • Online: December 23, 2020 - January 20, 2021
  • Virtual/Online: January 6, 2021 - January 20, 2021

All grades due by Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Spring 2021

Students Move In (phased return)

Week of January 25

Classes Begin

Monday, February 1st (virtual for first two weeks)

Last Day to Add/Drop

Friday, February 5

No Class* Tuesday, March 9
Progress Reports Due Friday, March 12
No Class* Thursday, March 18
No Class* Wednesday, March 24
No Class* Tuesday, March 30 (Note: Tuesday classes will be held on Monday, March 29)
No Class* Thursday, April 8 (Note: Thursday classes will be held on Friday, April 9)

Last Day to Withdraw

Friday, April 9

Last Day to Elect S/U

Friday, April 9

Last Day of Classes

Friday, May 14

Academic Preparation

Sat. - Sun., May 15 - 16

Final Examinations

Mon. - Fri., May 17 - 21

Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 22

Final Grades Due

Wednesday, May 26 (10 a.m.)

* No class will be held, regardless of course modality. This pertains to the SUNY Potsdam campus only. In addition, student teachers will follow the calendar and break schedule of their assigned K-12 school.

Summer Session 2021

  • May 27, 2021 - August 6, 2021


Information Dates

Labor Day

Monday, September 7

Indigenous People Day

Monday, October 12

Black Solidarity Day

Monday, November 2



Thursday, November 26

Dr. MLK, Jr. Day

Monday, January 18

President's Day

Monday, February 15


Sunday, April 4

Clarkson Graduation

Saturday, May 15

Memorial Day

Monday, May 31

New York State Education Law Section 224-a requires campuses to excuse without penalty individual students absent from class because of religious beliefs and to provide equivalent opportunity to make up study or work requirements missed because of such absences. Faculty are advised not to give examinations or require that papers be due on those holidays. Students are required to notify faculty of their impending absence for religious purposes at least one class session in advance so arrangements can be made for making up missed assignments, quizzes or tests.Students are responsible for material presented during their absence.