The university observes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 3rd Monday In January
  • President's Day, 3rd Monday in February (movable holiday usually observed contiguous with Christmas Day)
  • Memorial Day, last Monday in May
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
  • Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October (movable holiday usually observed the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Veterans' Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day, December 25

Holidays that occur on Saturday are observed the preceding Friday.  Holidays that occur on Sunday are observed on the following Monday.  Specific observance dates are announced in the official university calendar.

Guidelines for Classified Employee Holiday Pay:

In order to be eligible for holiday pay, an employee must be in active pay status for the entire scheduled work day immediately preceding the holiday to receive holiday compensation.

  • If a holiday occurs during a period of paid sick or vacation leave, the employee will draw normal holiday pay and will not be charged for sick leave or vacation.
  • If an employee is scheduled to work on holiday and calls off, they are only eligible to receive pay for the holiday.
  • If a full-time employee is scheduled to work Sunday thru Thursday, and a holiday falls on a Friday, the employee will still receive holiday pay for Friday. This may create overtime, and a supervisor may request the employee take another day off so they will not exceed 40 hours for the week.
  • If a full-time employee is scheduled to work Sunday thru Wednesday, works 10 hours a day and holidays fall on Thursday and Friday, they are eligible to receive holiday pay for eight (8) hours on Thursday and eight (8) hours on Friday.  This may create overtime, and a supervisor may request the employee take another day off so they will not exceed 40 hours for the week.
  • If a full-time employee is scheduled to work Sunday thru Wednesday, works 10 hours a day, and the holiday falls on a Monday, they are eligible to receive 10 hours of holiday pay.
  • If a full-time employee is scheduled to work on a day that is a holiday, and actually works on that day, they are eligible to receive eight (8) hours of holiday pay plus time and one-half pay for actual hours worked.
  • Part-time employees scheduled to work on Sunday thru Thursday are only eligible to receive holiday pay if the holiday falls on a scheduled work day.
  • If a part-time employee is scheduled to work on a day that is a holiday, and they actually work that day, they receive their normal hours as holiday pay, plus time and one-half pay for the hours actually worked.
  • If a part-time employee is not scheduled to work on a day that is a holiday, and they actually work that day, they get paid for the number of hours worked that day as holiday pay plus the number of hours they worked that day at time and one-half pay for the hours actually worked.

AFSCME employees should refer to Article 33 of the AFSCME Bargaining Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

Policy 3342-6-09.3 Administrative policy regarding holidays for administrative contract and unrepresented hourly classified employees

Upcoming 2019 Religious Calendar

Date Day(s) Holiday Religion
Aug. 1 Thursday Lammas Christian
Aug. 1 Thursday Lughnassad - Imbolc * Wicca/Pagan
Aug. 1 Thursday Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus Orthodox Christian
Aug. 6 Tuesday Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Christian
Aug. 10 Saturday Tish'a B'av Jewish
Aug. 10 Saturday Waqf al Arafa * Islam
Aug. 12-15 Monday-Thursday Eid al Adha* Islam
Aug. 15 Thursday Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Christian
Aug. 15 Thursday Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian
Aug. 23 Friday Krishna Janmashtami** Hindu
Aug. 29 Thursday Beheading of St. John the Baptist Christian
Sept. 1 Sunday Ecclesiastical year begins Orthodox Christian
Sept. 1 Sunday New Year - Hijra * Islam
Sept. 3 Tuesday Paryushana Parva* Jain
Sept. 8 Sunday Nativity of Virgin Mary Christian
Sept. 10 Tuesday Ashura * Islam
Sept. 14 Saturday Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) Christian
Sept. 23 Monday Mabon - Ostara* Wicca
Sept. 27 Friday Meskel Ethiopian Christian
Sept. 29 Sunday Michael and All Angels Christian
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Monday-Tuesday Rosh Hashanah* Jewish
Oct. 4 Friday St Francis Day Catholic Christian
Oct. 4 Friday Blessing of the Animals Christian
Oct. 8 Tuesday Dasara** Hindu
Oct. 9 Wednesday Yom Kippur * Jewish
Oct. 14-20 Monday-Sunday Sukkot * Jewish
Oct. 14 Monday Thanksgiving - Canada Interfaith
Oct. 18 Friday St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist Christian
Oct. 20 Sunday Birth of the Báb * Baha'i
Oct. 20 Sunday installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth Sikh
Oct. 21 Monday Shemini Atzeret * Jewish
Oct. 22 Tuesday Simchat Torah * Jewish
Oct. 27 Sunday Christ the King Christian
Oct. 27 Sunday Diwali Sikh - Hindu - Jain
Oct. 28 Monday Milvian Bridge Day Christian
Oct. 28 Monday Jain New Year Jain
Oct. 29 Tuesday Reformation Day Protestant Christian
Oct. 31 Thursday All Hallows Eve Christian
Oct. 31 Thursday Reformation Day Protestant Christian
Nov. 1 Friday All Saints Day Christian
Nov. 1 Friday Samhain - Beltane* Wicca/Pagan
Nov. 2 Saturday All Souls Day Catholic Christian
Nov. 10 Sunday Mawlid an Nabi * Islam
Nov. 12 Tuesday Birth of Baha'u'llah * Baha'i
Nov. 12 Tuesday Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
Nov.15 Friday Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 Orthodox Christian
Nov. 23 Saturday Thanksgiving Interfaith
Nov. 24 Sunday Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur Sikh
Nov. 26 Tuesday Christ the King Christian
Nov. 26 Tuesday Day of the Covenant * Baha'i
Nov. 28 Thursday Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha * Baha'i
Nov. 28 Thursday Thanksgiving Interfaith USA
Nov. 30 Saturday St. Andrew's Day Christian
Dec. 1-24 Sunday-Tuesday Advent Christian
Dec. 6 Friday Saint Nicholas Day Christian
Dec. 8 Sunday Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) ** Buddhist
Dec. 8 Sunday Immaculate Conception of Mary Catholic Christian
Dec. 12 Thursday Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Christian
Dec. 16-25 Monday-Wednesday Posadas Navidenas Hispanic Christian
Dec. 21 Saturday Yule Christian
Dec. 21 Saturday Yule - Litha * Wicca/Pagan
Dec. 23-30 Monday-Monday Hanukkah * Jewish
Dec. 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Christian
Dec. 25 Wednesday Christmas* Christian
Dec. 25 Wednesday Feast of the Nativity** Orthodox Christian
Dec. 26 Thursday Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** Zoroastrian
Dec. 26 Thursday St Stephen's Day Christian
Dec. 27 Friday Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist Christian
Dec. 28 Saturday Holy Innocents Christian
Dec. 29 Sunday Holy Family Catholic Christian
Dec. 31 Tuesday Watch Night Christian