The main purpose of the Lafayette Calendar of Events is to answer the question "what's going on at Lafayette?" In addition to on-campus events and off-campus events connected with the mission of the college (e.g., remote events sponsored by the Alumni Affairs and Admissions Offices), the calendar includes entries for important dates associated with the academic, social, and administrative life of the college.

For the purposes of the Lafayette Calendar of Events, calendar entries can take one of four basic forms:

  1. A regular event has a start time and an end time, occurs in a place (physical or virtual), and has attendees and/or participants who show up at the start time in the place. Examples include presentations, lectures, concerts, sporting events, meetings, etc.
  2. An ongoing event occurs over a continuous span of days, may or may not occur in a place, and typically has start and end dates but not explicit start and end times (other than those imposed by the opening and closing of a physical space in which the ongoing event occurs). Examples include gallery exhibitions, multi-day events (Homecoming, a conference), and observances (Black Heritage Month, LGBT Pride Month). Ongoing events often have regular events associated with them (e.g., an exhibition opening, a conference keynote address).
  3. A recurring event happens on different days throughout the year (e.g. a film shown over three consecutive days or religious service offered on the same day every week throughout the semester). These recurring events share the same essential details, but occur on different days. These events are added once, and then additional occurrences are added to that event. Learn more about adding a recurring event.
  4. A milestone event occurs on a single date and usually appears in the Calendar as an "all-day" event. (Specific times and/or places associated with a milestone typically appear in the event's description field.) Examples include dates from the academic calendar (start of classes, last day to withdraw, first day of spring break), college holidays, and admissions deadlines. These types of events are typically broadly applicable, e.g., the last day to register for classes would be an appropriate calendar entry; the last day to sign up for a specific class open to a subset of students would not.

See also: Guidelines for event creation and canceled or postponed events.

Questions about the Lafayette Calendar of Events can be directed to Communications Division.