Academic Calendar
Summer Semester 2025


Summer Degree Conferral

Date Event
Friday, July 4, 2025 Graduation Deadline: Last day for all undergraduate-level students to submit an online Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for an August (Summer) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar via ESTHER
Graduation Deadline: Last day for all graduate-level students to submit a paper Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for August (Summer) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar either in-person or via e-mail to registrar@rice.edu
Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level August (Summer) degree candidates to file the following applicable forms in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (see GPS Forms page) for August (Summer) degree conferral:
  • Thesis Master's Candidacy Petition Form
  • Non-Thesis Master's Petition for Certification Form
  • Candidacy Master's Degree Form
  • Doctoral Candidacy Petition Form
Wednesday, July 30, 2025 Graduation Deadline: Last day for Rice faculty Official Certifiers to review, submit petitions, and certify undergraduate and graduate-level August (Summer) degree candidates via Degree Works
Friday, August 15, 2025 Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level students to submit thesis in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August (Summer) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Graduation Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester (for Summer degree candidates)
Tuesday, December 9, 2025 (Tentative) GRADUATION: Convocation Ceremony for Summer and Fall degree recipients - for information, please visit ceremony.rice.edu
Monday, September 1, 2025 GRADUATION: Degrees Awarded for August (Summer) degree recipients


Summer Sessions

Unless otherwise noted, dates and information apply to both Rice undergraduate and graduate students. Students are charged per credit hour; LPAP billed @ 1 hour. Early matriculants are charged an additional Health Services Fee.

Summer Session I: April 28 - August 15, 2025 (15 weeks, Full Term Non-Research Courses)

Date Event
Friday, December 20, 2024 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2025 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Visiting student application process opens for Summer 2025
Monday, May 5, 2025 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
START OF SUMMER SESSION I
Summer Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate and graduate students online via ESTHER
Friday, May 16, 2025 Deadline: Last day to add courses online via ESTHER for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Deadline: Last day to adjust variable credit for courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to complete late registration online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 100% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Friday, May 23, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with an 80% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Monday, May 26, 2025 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, May 30, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 70% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Friday, June 6, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 60% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Friday, June 13, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 50% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Thursday, June 19, 2025 JUNETEENTH (DAY OF OBSERVANCE): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, June 20, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 40% refund of tuition for the (full-term) Summer Session I
Friday, July 4, 2025 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, July 11, 2025 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as "Pass/Fail" for the (full-term) Summer Session I by paper form at the Office of the Registrar (Rice degree-seeking students only)
Friday, August 15, 2025 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
END OF SUMMER SESSION I
Friday, August 22, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Summer semester final grades for all students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 5, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) and "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Summer semester

Full Summer Session: April 28 - August 8, 2025 (15 weeks)

Date Event
Friday, December 20, 2024 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2025 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Visiting student application process opens for Summer 2025
Monday, May 5, 2025 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
START OF FULL SUMMER TERM
Summer Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate and graduate students online via ESTHER
Friday, May 16, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 100% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Friday, May 23, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with an 80% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Monday, May 26, 2025 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, May 30, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 70% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Friday, June 6, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 60% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Friday, June 13, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 50% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Thursday, June 19, 2025 JUNETEENTH (DAY OF OBSERVANCE): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, June 20, 2025 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER for the Full Summer Session
Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER with a 40% refund of tuition for the Full Summer Session
Friday, July 4, 2025 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, July 11, 2025 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as "Pass/Fail" for Full Summer Session by paper form at the Office of the Registrar(Rice degree-seeking students only)
Friday, August 15, 2025 Deadline: Last day to add courses online via ESTHER for the Full Summer Session
Friday, August 15, 2025 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
END OF FULL SUMMER TERM
Friday, August 22, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Summer semester final grades for all students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 5, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) and "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Summer semester