News & Events

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January 6 - Beginning of Spring Semester

January 20 - MLK Day (No classes)

January 27 - Registration for SUMMER 2020 (All students and programs)

February 12 - Political Science Society presents a discussion on Rights with Professor Shelley Grant

                       7:00pm Davis College of Business, Room 114

March 3 - Peace Corps Documentary Screening with Dr. Austin Trantham

                       6:00pm - 9:00pm Gooding Auditorium, Room 134

March 9 to 13 - Spring Break

April 17 - Charter Day

April 20 to 24 - Final Examinations Week

April 23 - Commencement Ceremonies for Graduate & Doctoral Degrees

April 24 - Graduating Senior Reception

                      2:30 - 3:30pm Gooding Building Lobby

April 25 - Commencement Ceremonies for Bachelor Degrees

April 25 - End of Spring 2020 Semester

April 25 - Graduation Conferral Date




August 23, 2019: Matriculation

August 26, 2019: Start of Fall Semester

September 2, 2019:  No Classes - Labor Day

September 4, 2019: COAS Dean's List Recognition - Terry Concert Hall

September 12, 2019: Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event

September 18, 2019: Constitution Day-Gooding Auditorium, 11:00am to 12:55pm

October 18-19, 2019: JU Homecoming & Family Weekend

November 11, 2019: No Classes - Veterans Day

GIS DAY - November 13, 2019: GIS Day is November 13.  To be held at Jacksonville University in the Gooding Auditorium from 11:00am to 12:55pm

November 25-29, 2019: No Classes - Thanksgiving break

December 9-13, 2019: Final Examinations Week

December 14, 2019: End of Fall Semester




November 14, 2018:  GIS Day is November 14.  To be held at Jacksonville University in the Gooding Auditorium from 10:30am to 2:00pm.




November 15, 2017: GIS Day is November 15, located in the Gooding Auditorium from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come hear GIS Professionals speak about applying GIS to a variety of careers. There is also a student map competition.



JU Sociology Grad Honored for Service to Community

April 27, 2016: Leadership Jacksonville honored JU Sociology graduate, Nina Waters, for her service to the community. JU Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski and retired JU professors Joan Carver (political science) and Betty Winstead (sociology) were also in attendance.

JU Sociology Professor Heather Downs Hosts Careers in Sociology Networking Night at JU River House

April 25, 2016: JU Sociology Professor Heather Downs hosted a Careers in Sociology networking night at the JU River House. Each student brought two guests who are mid-career to network with the other students and make connections for future internships and potential job opportunities.

JU Political Science Society Co-Hosts Event with Jacksonvile United Nations Association

April 23, 2016: On Saturday, April 23, the Jacksonville United Nations ASsociation hosted an event with guest speaker Ed Coyle on the "Globalization of Terrorism in the Middle East." Mr. Coyle was the Foreign Counterintelligence Representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT/NATO) and an inaugural member of the Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force. The event took place at the Marine Science Research Institute on the JU campus.

JU Political Science Students Participate in Local Radio Show

April 18, 2016: Three students in Professor Rippere's Political Parties and Elections course spoke to Danielle Morgan on her radio show, Jax Journal, about the 2016 presidential election. The show aired on May 7.

Sociology Professor Nathan Rousseau Recognized at Celebration of Service Luncheon

April 17, 2016: JU Sociology Professor Nathan Rousseau was recognized at the Celebration of Service Luncheon. He received a President's Volunteer Service Award, Bronze Certification for his many hours of community service over the last year.

Three Social Sciences Faculty Honored for Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

April 16, 2016: Three Social Sciences faculty were honored at the 58th Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner for their exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and community:

  • Shelley Grant was honored for teaching
  • Sherri Jackson was honored for University Service
  • Ray Oldakowski was honored as a finalist for the JU Professor of the Year Award

JU Social Sciences Students Study Abroad in Cuba

April 5, 2016: Over Spring Break, JU professors Jesse Hingson and Ray Oldakowski led JU students on a Study Abroad trip to Cuba. The trip was party of a course that Hingson and Oldakowski team-teach on Cuba's history, politics, culture, and environment. The students were featured in a CNN broadcast.

JU Hosts Florida Geography Bee

April 4, 2016: On Friday, April 1 JU hosted the Florida Geography Bee. The Championship round lasted over 90 minutes, and Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski served as one of the moderators. Last year's Florida Champion, Rishi Nair, will be headed back to DC for the 2016 national championship.

JU Grad Accepted to Graduate Program at London School of Economics

March 31, 2016: Ben Leong, a double major in Sociology and Political Science, has been accepted tos everal prestigious graduate programs in International Relations. He will attend the London School of Economics and begin studying in Beijing, China in September.

JU Political Science Students Meet with FL House Candidate

March 17, 2016: JU Political Science students had lunch with Jason Fischer, current Duval County School Board member and candidate for FL House District 16 (Mandarin).

Political Science Students Interviewed on Jax Journal Radio Show

January 28, 2016: Dr. Paulina Rippere and two political science students sat down with Danielle Leigh from Jax Journal for a roundtable discussion about millennials and voting. The episode aired January 23, 2016.