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Here is a description of the new academic calendar which will take effect in September 1994.
Fall term: Classes will begin on the Wednesday after Labor day, followed by:
Fourteen calendar weeks for classes ending on Wednesday plus a four-day reading period (13 calendar weeks ending on Thursday plus a three-day reading period when Labor Day is September 6 or 7);
A five-day period reserved for final examinations (a four-day period plus one examination period on Friday afternoon during Reading Period in the year Labor Day is September 5);
A two-week Winter vacation;
A four-week period set aside for academic and independent activities (ending on Friday).
Spring term: Classes will begin on the first Tuesday in February, followed by:
Fourteen calendar weeks for classes (ending on Thursday), interposed with a one-week spring vacation after the seventh week of classes;
A three-day reading period;
A five-day period reserved for final examinations.
The last class in all subjects will be held no later than the day preceding the reading period in each term. The day preceding the first day of classes of each term will be set aside for registration activities.
Commencement will be held on the second Friday following the spring term examination period.
Classes will be suspended during the following additional vacation periods:
Fall-the third Monday preceding Columbus Day (except when Labor Day is September 6 or 7); Columbus Day (with the Tuesday after this holiday following the Monday schedule of classes when Labor Day is September 7); the day following Columbus Day (except when Labor Day is September 1, 6, or 7); Veterans Day; the day preceding Veterans Day when Labor Day is September 1; Thanksgiving Day and the day following.
January-Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Spring-Presidents Day (with the Tuesday after this holiday following the Monday schedule of classes); Patriots Day and the day following.
A version of this article appeared in the June 16, 2063 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 36).