Info for Current Biology Graduate Students

Important Dates for fall 2021

August 2021

  • August 23 - Monday - First day of classes

September 2021

  • September 20 - Monday - Last day for doctoral candidates for a December degree to submit a Notification of Intent to schedule a final examination in The Graduate School

October 2021

  • October 25 - Monday - Midterm of 2021 Fall Semester - end of ninth week of classes
  • October 25-26 - Monday and Tuesday - Fall Break - Academic Holiday

November 2021

  • November 1 - Monday - Last day for filing an application for a December 2021 undergraduate or graduate degree online in myUK
  • November 11 - Thursday - Last day candidates for a December 2021 graduate degree can schedule a final examination in the Graduate School
  • November 24 - Wednesday - Last day candidates for a December 2021 graduate degree can sit for a final examination
  • November 24-27 - Wednesday through Saturday - Thanksgiving -Academic Holidays

December 2021

  • December 6-8 - Monday through Wednesday - Dead Days - Classes DO meet
  • December 8 - Wednesday - Last day of classes
  • December 10 - Friday - Last day candidates for December 2021 degree to submit thesis/dissertation (ETD) for format review to the Graduate School via UKnowledge
  • December 13-16 - Monday through Thursday - Final Examinations
  • December 17 - Friday - End of 2021 Fall Semester
  • December 17 - Friday - Last day for candidates for a December 2021 degree to submit final revised thesis/dissertation (EDT) for acceptance by the Graduate School for those students who first submitted December 10
  • December 17-18 - Friday and Saturday - December Commencement

NOTE: Please review the instructions thoroughly before submitting your ETD. This will save you from making excessive revisions later.

  • last day for a December degree to have final version (including all revisions) of ETD “accepted” by The Graduate School.


  • December 2021 Commencement Registration opens: 
  • Please direct all Commencement related questions to

Note: This is not intended as an exhaustive list of all grad school dates and requirements. It is simply a reminder of important dates/deadlines for students anticipating a May (Spring) 2020 degree. More information regarding dates and degree requirements can be found on the grad school website and in the graduate student handbook provided by your specific program of study.


Health Plan

Notice: Policy Year August 15, 2021 to August 14, 2022

Student Health Plan Provider is the University of Kentucky underwritten by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, with Second Administrator, AHP.

Learn more at

Please visit Anthem. Once you create an account you will have access to print your ID Card.
Funded Graduate Student Health Plan Declination Form (for domestic funded graduate students only, for 2021-2022 academic year).

Due before the first day of fall class. This needs to be filled out each semester you wish to waive the plan.

International Students: For updated waiver requirements, please see University of Kentucky International Center website.



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