Finals is a three-day period at the end of each term during which final exams and other final projects are held. Finals are always preceded by two Reading Days. Usually, Finals take place on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and this three-day period is often called Finals Weekend.
Most courses at Carleton incorporate some kind of final exam, paper, or project, although this is not required. Many students leave during Finals, having completed their exams early, and the campus therefore has a scarce population on the last day of them. Those who remain on campus enjoy a multitude of celebrations before being kicked out of the dorms the next day.
In the 1960s and '70s, final exams were required for all classes except seminars. Exams were given in two three-hour blocks each day during exam week. The schedule of exams was random and announced before registration. Unfortunates, sometimes one could not avoid taking three exams in the first three exam periods (which did offer a few extra days of break in which to recover from the intensity).