Establishment of the academic calendar for the University of Wisconsin-Madison falls within the authority of the faculty as set forth in Faculty Policies and Procedures. Construction of the academic calendar is subject to various rules and guidelines prescribed by the Board of Regents, the Faculty Senate and State of Wisconsin legislation. Approximately every five years, the Faculty Senate approves a new academic calendar which spans a future five-year period. The current calendar was adopted by the Faculty Senate in December 2012, and amended October 2015 and again September 2016.

For questions about commencement, see this website for more detail:
or email your questions to:

The academic calendar for 2017-2021 was extensively revised at the Faculty Senate meeting on September 26, 2016. Please pardon the delay while the calendar webpage is updated.

Contact Information

Jane Richard
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin - Madison
129 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1380
Phone: (608) 262-3958