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Academic News and Key Reminders - Spring 2024

Academic News and Key Reminders from the Graduate College

April 4, 2024

Welcome new graduate students and welcome back returning students!

As we begin the spring quarter, the Graduate College would like to remind you of a few important academic dates, deadlines, policies, and resources to help you navigate your graduate studies. We recommend you bookmark this information for future reference.

An additional email will follow in the coming week regarding important dates and deadlines for students planning to graduate this spring or summer.

Graduate College Operations

The Graduate College office on the third floor of the Main Building (Main 301) is generally open for student services between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Students should check in using their DragonCard ID at the digital kiosk located at the front desk or contact for assistance. Please expect 1-2 business days for an email response. We offer complimentary filtered cold and hot water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate for graduate students during office hours. Please bring  your own reusable cup or mug!

The Graduate Student Lounge on the lower level of Main Building (Main 010A) is open 24/7 and accessible to all graduate students via your DragonCard ID. Students are welcome to use the lounge for quiet social gathering, meeting, studying, eating and events. Please discard all trash, especially food items, and keep the lounge clean and furniture organized as you found it. Please alert the Graduate College of any issues, spills or food items left behind so we can request cleaning or maintenance ASAP. More information about the lounge, including how to reserve it, is available on the Graduate College website. New students will receive access to the lounge during their first week of classes.

Academic Dates & Deadlines

Please refer to the Academic Calendars on the Provost’s website frequently for all academic dates and deadlines which are subject to change. You should also consult with your individual college or school officials and assigned graduate academic advisor(s) for additional dates, deadlines and requirements for your program.

Spring Quarter Dates & Deadlines:

Monday, April 1 – Classes Begin
Friday, April 5 by 4 p.m. EDT – Deadline to Add/Drop a Course with Academic Advisor Assistance*
Friday, April 5 – Deadline to Confirm Your Enrollment in your DrexelOne
Sunday, April 7 by 11:59 p.m. EDT – Deadline to Add/Drop a Course via DrexelOne*
Monday, April 29New students only: Deadline to complete Graduate College Graduate Student Orientation (see email from March 25 and from Dean Willkomm on April 1)
Friday, May 3Deadline to Submit an Application for Degree in DrexelOne for Spring Quarter Graduation, including Walkthroughs (Required to be listed in 2024 Commencement Program)
Monday, May 6New students only: Deadline to complete Graduate Student Title IX Training (see email from March 25)
Week of May 6Summer Quarter Registration Begins (Review Your Time Ticket Information)
Friday, May 17 – Deadline to Withdraw from a Course with Academic Advisor Assistance*
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day (University Holiday)

Saturday, June 8 – Last Day of Classes*
Monday, June 10 – Term Examinations Begin*

Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 – College/School Ceremonies (Must apply for graduation via DrexelOne by May 3)
Friday, June 14 – University-Wide Commencement Ceremony (Must apply for graduation via DrexelOne by May 3)
Saturday, June 15 – Term Examinations End*
Saturday, June 15 Spring Quarter Degree Conferral Date (Date that appears on diploma)
Wednesday, June 19 – Juneteenth (University Holiday)
Friday, June 21 – Academic Standing Notices Go Out (See Graduate Academic Standing Policy)
Monday, June 24 – Summer Quarter Classes Begin
Wednesday, June 26 by 4 p.m. EDT - Deadline to submit a Graduate Program Completion Form for doctoral candidates, and some Master’s thesis candidates, graduating in Spring Quarter
Please note that all PhD and most professional doctoral programs should follow the E Forms process outlined on our website while a few professional doctorates should follow the original D Forms process until further notice. Please also note that some programs may have EARLIER deadlines.

*For part-of-term and semester dates and deadlines, please refer to Drexel’s Academic Calendars.


Academic Policies & Procedures

Please refer to the academic policies and procedures listed on both the Provost’s and Graduate College websites. Additional policies are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, including the Academic Integrity policy and conduct process. All students MUST be aware of and knowledgeable of these policies and procedures. Please review frequently for updates.

International students (F-1 and J-1) should refer to the latest updates, policies and information on the International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) website. All international students must have any foreign travel approved by ISSS before leaving the country to remain compliant with their visa status.

Are you traveling out of the country this term? Will you be taking a Drexel issued laptop and related devices abroad? If so, please contact Drexel University Export Control Compliance in the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) at

Please familiarize yourself with the following academic policies and procedures:

Resources & Opportunities

Take Care & Be Well

Remember, you must be well to do well. Information about available health and wellness resources for graduate students is outlined on the Graduate College website, including information about the Office of Counseling and Health Services and SupportLinc, Drexel’s Employee Assistance Program, a free 24/7 confidential and professional service for support, guidance, counseling, and resources which is available to graduate students and their families and household members at no additional cost.

The Graduate Student Association offers a Health Insurance Deductible Subsidy Program to assist eligible graduate students enrolled in Drexel’s student health insurance plan to reimburse their out-of-pocket deductible payment for services from the current plan year. We encourage you to utilize your health insurance plan for well visits and other appointments as necessary. For questions about your student health insurance coverage, contact the Office of Health Insurance and Immunizations.

Please also refer to the Health & Well-Being at Drexel website for information about campus health and counseling programs and so much more to support your wellbeing. And, check out Drexel University Libraries’ LibGuides for ideas for how to relieve stress and maintain intellectual wellness.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Graduate College if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you throughout your graduate education at Drexel. Stop by soon for a complimentary cup of coffee or hot chocolate and browse our monthly displays.

Best wishes for a successful term!