SHERIDAN — Sheridan College will end its semesters one week earlier than initially planned in the 2018-19 school year.

The fall semester will now end Dec. 14 and graduation will take place May 10 and 11.

The Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees approved the proposal during its meeting Thursday.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Hall said students requested to shorten the 16-week calendar to 15 weeks and faculty and staff overwhelmingly agreed. Most Wyoming colleges have 15-week schedules.

Hall said the 16th week was for finals, with no regular classes. Thus, finals week will be eliminated and all final exams, projects and essays will be due on the final day of class.

The board also approved tenure for five NWCCD instructors, including four at Sheridan College: diesel technology instructor Duane Fischer, social science instructor Elaine Goodrich-Premo, anatomy, biology and physiology instructor Tyler Karns and machine tool instructor Sara Spann.

Next month’s regular NWCCD board meeting is scheduled for April 19.