Important Dates and Events

This calendar may be amended as necessary to meet University requirements. University Academic Calendars take precedence in academic matters. Academic dates listed above are for convenience only.

First Summer Session 2019

Check-in Days

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Check-in At 144 New Hall West (Main Housing Office)

Dining Plans Begin

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • First dining plan meal served for evening/dinner meal at D2

Memorial Day

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
  • University offices closed, classes not in session. Housing and Residence Life offices are closed. Dining centers are operating.

Late Check-in Days

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, May 28-29, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Check-in at 144 New Hall West (Main Housing office)

Summer I Classes in session

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – Friday, July 5, 2019

Independence Day

  • Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • No classes and university offices, including the Housing and Residence Life offices, are closed. Dining Services remain in operation.

Summer I Exams

  • Saturday, July 6, 2019 and Monday, July 8, 2019

Residence halls close for Summer I residents not continuing to Summer II

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Second Summer Session 2019

Second Summer Dining Plans

  • Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Second Summer dining plans start at the evening/dinner meal

Check-in days

  • Monday, July 8, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10, 2019, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location: New Hall West, Suite 144 Housing and Residence Life Office

Classes in session

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019

Summer II Exams

  • Friday - Saturday, August 16-17, 2019

Residence halls close for all residents

  • Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Corps Of Cadets Check-in: All Cadet Commanders

  • Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Arrive and check in according to the directions from the Commandant's Office

Corps of Cadets Check-in: CADRE group

  • Saturday - Sunday, August 10-11, 2019
  • Arrive and check in according to the directions from the Commandant's Office

Corps of Cadets Check-in: Support Cadets and Regimental Band

  • Sunday - Thursday, August 11 - 15, 2019
  • Arrive and check in according to the directions from the Commandant's Office

Corps of Cadets Check-in: New First-Year Students

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Arrive and check in according to the directions from the Commandant's Office

Graduate and Professional Student Check-in

  • Sunday, August 18, 2019, Noon - 5 p.m.
  • For graduate and professional students only residing Donaldson Brown Graduate Life Center or use later check-in times during upcoming week

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Check-in

  • Hokie Helpers Assisted Check-in:
  • Hokie Helpers are scheduled Wednesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to assist with unloading cars to the extent possible. On Saturday, check-in stations within residence halls will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; however, Hokie Helpers are not scheduled for this time. See your assignment e-mail / instructions on the StarRez Portal for details and parking information about your arrival.
    • Wednesday - Friday, August 21-23, 2019, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
    • Additional Check-in: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Corps of Cadets Check-in: Returning Cadets

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019, Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Arrive and check in according to the directions from the Commandant's Office

Opening Special Events

  • Dates and Times Vary
  • Hokie Hi Welcome Week Activities

Dining Centers Open and Dining Plans Active

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019. 7 a.m.
  • First meal on dining plan: breakfast meal

Residence Hall Floor Meetings

  • Refer to schedule posted by residence hall staff members within your building or check directly with your resident advisor. All students should attend at least one floor meeting at the start of the semester.

Fall 2019 Classes Begin

  • Monday, August 26, 2019

Labor Day

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  • University Closed, no classes; however, residence halls and dining centers will remain open. Housing and Residence Life offices are closed.

Fall 2019 Break

  • Friday-Sunday , October 4-6,2019
  • No classes; however, residence halls and dining centers will remain open

2020 - 2021 Housing Application Process

  • Mid-November 2019
  • Information about next academic year's housing options will be distributed.

Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) Application Process for Returning Students

  • Mid-October through Mid-November 2019
  • Residents will receive information about applying for membership in a living-learning program for the next academic year.
  • This applies to students who would like to:
    • Return to their current LLP
    • Switch LLPs
    • Join an LLP for the first time

Thanksgiving Break

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019, through Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Residence Halls in Low-Occupancy Period
  • Students staying during the break in their residence hall must register using the StarRez Portal (under Online Forms > Thanksgiving Break) if they will be staying for any part of the break period.
  • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties. Dining plans are not operational during the Thanksgiving Break. Please see the Dining Hours page for details.

Fall 2019 Classes End

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Reading Day

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019

Fall 2019 Exams

  • Friday - Thursday, December 13-19, 2019

Fall 2019 Commencement

  • Friday, December 20, 2019
  • University and Graduate School Ceremonies

Fall 2019 Residence Halls Close for Semester

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019, 10 a.m.

Residence halls close for all students not returning to on-campus housing for the spring 2020 semester.

  • Students must check out of their rooms within 24 hours after their last exam, but no later than noon, Thursday, December 19, 2019, if they are not directly involved with the commencement ceremony or if they have not registered for break housing.
  • If you are graduating or are directly involved with the Commencement activities or have an extenuating circumstance, complete the Late Checkout Request form under Online Forms in the StarRez Portal.
  • As of 10 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019, all students except the following must be checked out by this date.
  • * graduate / professional students living in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown who hold a 12-month contract
  • * those registered for Break Housing and returning for the spring semester
  • **Late checkout request dates made after 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, December 19, 2019, will be automtically denied.**

Housing During Break

  • For residents returning for the spring 2019 semester who may need to stay during part or all of the winter break, you may register for winter break housing using the StarRez Portal (Online Forms > Winter Break) if you wish to stay for part or all of the winter break period.
  • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties.

Residential Classes (Blacksburg)

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Returning students registered for winter session residential (Blacksburg campus) classes should register for winter break housing (for part or all of the winter break/winter session period.
  • Registration for winter break will be available in the StarRez portal with the winter form active from December 1. You must register before occupying the residence halls during any break.
  • Dining services are not available during the winter break/winter session.
  • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties.

Winter Session Classes End

  • Friday, January 17, 2020

Winter Session Exams

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020

Residence Halls Open Early - Transfer/First-Year Orientation

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Check-in for new first-year and transfer students who are registered for orientation on Friday, January 18, 2020, will be from noon until 5:00 p.m.
  • Dining services will be available starting friday, january 17, 2020, (time tba) with dining plans active. (dining locations/hours)

Residence Halls Open Early

  • Friday, January 17, 2020, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Check-in for new/returning/newly assigned residents will be from noon until 5:00 p.m. New students, especially those who have needs for Hokie Passport and other university services, will be encouraged to use this day to move in, as those offices will be open.
  • Residents returning from the fall semester can arrive any time or day after Friday at noon; however, returning students are encouraged to wait until Saturday/Sunday to return. Returning students arriving before Friday, January 17, 2020, must be registered for Winter Break Housing in the StarRez Portal.
  • Corps of Cadets students and resident advisors should follow directives from command staff and residence life supervisors about their specific schedules.
  • Dining Services will be available starting Friday, January 17, 2020, (time TBA) with dining plans active. (Dining Locations/Hours)

Residence Halls Open

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Check-in for newly assigned residents will continue. Most university offices are closed on this day. Students returning from the fall semester can arrive any time or day after Friday at noon; however, returning students are encouraged to wait until Saturday/Sunday to return.
  • No check-in scheduled for Sunday, January 19, 2020.
  • Dining Services will be available starting Friday, January 17, 2020, (time TBA). (Dining Locations/Hours)

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • No classes and university offices (including Housing and Residence Life) are closed.
  • Dining Services will be operating.

Spring Classes Begin

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Housing Application Process for 2020-2021

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. through Friday, January 24, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Housing lottery sign-up for returning students only on the StarRez Portal
  • On or About February 1, 2020 - Returning, Undergraduate Student Housing Offers for 2019-2020 Distributed for returning students
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. - 2020-2021 Returning Housing/Dining Contracts Due from Returning, Undergraduate Students

Commencement Housing Building Late Stay Request

  • Residents of Commencement Housing Buildings (locations TBA)
  • Students must register any request to stay past Noon, Thursday, May 14, 2020, as their building will be used for Commencement Housing activities. Students who are graduating, participating in commencement activities, or otherwise have a extenuating circumstance should register their request by 5 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2020, using the request form on the StarRez Portal.

Spring Break

  • Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Residence halls begin low-occupancy operations for Spring Break. Student staying during part of or the entire break in residence must sign up on the StarRez Portal prior to occupying the space during the break.
  • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties.

Spring Classes End

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Spring Reading Day

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

Spring Exams

  • Friday, May 8, through Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Spring Dining Plans End

  • Dinner Meal, 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2020

End of Spring Semester 2020 for students not involved with Spring Commencement

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020, Noon
  • Students must check out of their rooms within 24 hours after their last exam, but no later than noon, Thursday, May 16, if they are not directly involved with the commencement ceremony.
  • If you are graduating or are directly involved with the Commencement activities or have an extenuating circumstance, complete the Late Check Out Request form in the StarRez Portal (form active from April 1 until 2 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020)
  • Residents of Commencement Housing Buildings (locations TBA) must register any request to stay past Noon, Thursday, May 14, 2020, as their building will be used for Commencement Housing activities. Students who are graduating, participating in commencement activities, or otherwise have a extenuating circumstance should register their request by 5 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2020, using the form on the StarRez Portal

Graduate Commencement Ceremony and Senior Day

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

University Commencement and College and Departmental Ceremonies

  • Friday, May 15, 2020

College and Departmental Commencement Ceremonies

  • Saturday, May 16, 2020

Residence Halls Close

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 10 a.m.
  • All students except graduate/professional students living in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown holding a 12-month contract must be checked out by this date. Students returning to on-campus housing for summer school should follow summer housing information for transition planning.

First Summer Session 2020

Residence Hall Check-In

  • Sunday, May 24, 2020
  • Residents should check in at 144 New Hall West (main Housing Office) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dining Plans Begin

  • Sunday, May 24, 2020
  • First dining plan meal served for evening/dinner meal at D2

Memorial Day

  • Monday, May 25, 2020
  • University offices closed, classes not in session. Housing and Residence Life offices are closed. Dining centers are operating.

Summer I Classes in session

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020

Summer I Exams

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020

Residence halls close for Summer I residents not continuing to Summer II

  • Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Second Summer Session 2020

Second Summer Dining Plans

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020
  • Second Summer Dining Plans start at the evening/dinner meal. Students staying in residence halls between Summer I and Summer II sessions will have an active dining plan during the transition.

Check-in days

  • Monday, July 6, 2020 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location: New Hall West, Suite 144 Housing and Residence Life Office

Classes in session

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020, through Friday, August 14, 2020

Summer II Exams

  • Friday, August 14, 2020

Residence halls close for all residents

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Last update June 19, 2019