Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar, Westminster Choir College


Additional Information:

Fall Semester 2021


25-26 Wednesday-Thursday New faculty orientation (tbc)


2 Thursday University Faculty Convocation
New WCC UG move-in;
New WCC GR/UG testing and Choral Hearings
3 Friday New WCC GR/UG Graduate Testing; Choral Hearings;
New FPA student move-in; FPA music theory placement;
Returning Student Choral Hearings;
Deparment Meetings; Academic Advising (all)
4 Saturday WCC/FPA Choral hearings
5-7 Sunday-Tuesday University orientation/opening;
Dance and MT Dance Placements;
Choral hearings and callbacks; auditions
6 Monday Labor Day - College Closed
Choral hearings or callbacks for elective choirs and productions
7 Tuesday Lawrenceville Convocation • 11 a.m., SRC, tbc
WCA First Year Meeting • 10 a.m.
8 Wednesday Classes Begin
8-10 Wednesday-Friday Open Choral hearings (non-WCC students)
9 Thursday WCA Fall Convocation • 11:30 a.m.
14 Tuesday Last day to add courses
20 Monday Unresolved Summer II Incomplete grades default to “F”
21 Tuesday Last day to drop courses
Sept 22-Oct 26 Withdrawal Period I, instructor signature not required


1 Tuesday Deadline to apply for December 2021 or January 2022 graduation
18 Monday Spring 2022 Course Selection begins
26 Tuesday Midterm grades due
Last day for course withdrawal without instructor's signature
Oct. 27-Nov. 23 Withdrawal Period II, instructor’s signature required


1 Monday Deadline to schedule fall oral examination
5 Friday Spring 2022 Course selection ends
5-7 Friday-Sunday Family Weekend
23 Tuesday Last day for course withdrawal with instructor’s signature
Nov 24-Dec 10 Withdrawal III, psychological or physiological incapacity (medical documentation required)
24 Wednesday Residence halls close • 12 p.m.
24-28 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Recess
28 Monday Residence halls reopen • 11 a.m.
29 Monday Classes resume


10 Friday Last day of classes
10 Friday Last day to hold Graduate Oral Examination
10-11 Friday-Saturday Readings and Carols
11 Saturday WCC Class of 2020 Commencement
13-21 Monday-Friday Final Exams and Juries
15 Wednesday Reading Day
18-19 Saturday-Sunday Reading Days
22 Wednesday Residence halls close

Spring Semester 2022


3 Monday Final grades due • 12 p.m.
4 Monday January Term begins
17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Entire University Closed)
20 Thursday January Term ends
20-21 Thursday-Friday Orientation for new students
21 Friday Registration for Spring 2022
New student choral hearings
22 Saturday Residence halls open
24 Monday Classes begin
28 Friday Unresolved Fall 2020 Incomplete grades default to "F"
28 Friday Last day to add courses


4 Friday Last day to drop courses
7 Monday Withdrawal Period I begins, instructor’s signature not required
11 Friday Deadline to apply for May 2022 graduation


7 Monday Fall 2022 course selection begins
11 Friday Last day for course withdrawal without instructor’s signature
Midterm grades due
12 Saturday Residence halls close • 12 p.m.
14-20 Sunday-Sunday Spring Break; no classes or lessons
March 14-April 15 Withdrawal Period II, instructor’s signature required
20 Sunday Residence halls reopen • 2 p.m.
21 Monday Classes Resume
29 Friday Fall 2022 Course Selection ends


1 Friday Deadline to schedule spring oral examination
15 Friday Last day for course withdrawal with instructor’s signature
April 18-30 Withdrawal III, psychological or physiological incapacity (medical documentation required)
21 Thursday Westminster Spring Convocation
30 Saturday Last day of classes


2-10 Monday-Tuesday Final Exams and Juries
11-14 Wednesday-Saturday Alumni Week (tbc)
13 Friday Commencement at Princeton University Chapel • 4 pm
Final grades due • 12 p.m.
14 Saturday Lawrenceville Commencement
Residence halls close • 8 p.m.
16 Monday Summer Session I begins


1 Wednesday Deadline to apply for August 2022 graduation
1 Wednesday Deadline to schedule summer oral examination
10 Friday Unresolved Spring 2022 Incomplete grades default to “F”.
Last day of classes of Summer Session II is the last day to hold summer Graduate Oral Examination

Withdrawal Information

Please refer to for information regarding course withdrawals and refunds.  For additional information and updates, refer to

Cancellation of Classes

In most cases, Westminster Choir College of Rider University will remain open and fully operational during snowstorms and other emergency situations. Under extreme circumstances, however, it may become necessary to cancel classes and other functions, and close certain buildings or take emergency actions.

If such circumstances should arise, a notice will be sent via the Rider Alert System.  Students may sign up for Rider Alert at

Cancellations will also be announced online at and on the Rider University information hotline at 609-219-2000, option 1.

Commencement Information

For Commencement ceremonies information, refer to