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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/P/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, May 14 (11:59 p.m.)
Last Day to Elect S/P/U Friday, May 14 (11:59 p.m.)
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.)


Note: While we are not allowed to have a Spring Break under SUNY guidelines, we have built in midweek break days.

* 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
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26
Dr. MLK, Jr. Day Monday, January 18
President's Day Monday, February 15
Easter 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.