The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Chaplain would like for students, faculty, and staff to be aware of a broad range of religious observances.
Faculty should consider the manner in which holy days might impact student class attendance or their ability to complete assignments on respective due dates.
Administrative and Academic Units, as well as Student Organizations, should consider holy days when scheduling department-wide or university-wide events and programming.
Students interested in holy day accommodations for class and lab assignments, attendance, or athletic practice/competition should contact faculty or coaches well in advance with such requests. Students can utilize the Religious Holy Day Accommodation Email Template to reach out to faculty, staff, or coaches, etc.
Below is a list of holy days observed by many students, staff, and faculty members in our community. You can find detailed descriptions of the Holy Days in the next page after the calendar. This list, though exhaustive in its inclusion of traditions represented on our campus, is not complete. Consequently, please direct suggestions for accommodations or additions to the list to the Chaplain’s Office.
|July 9*-10||‘Eid al-Adha||Muslim|
|September 10||Mid-Autumn Day||East and Southeast Asian|
|September 25*-27||Rosh HaShanah||Jewish|
|Various dates in October||Kathin||Theravada Buddhist|
|October 4*-5||Yom Kippur||Jewish|
|October 24-28||Diwali begins||Hindu/Jain|
|December 8||Bodhi Day||Mahayana Buddhist|
|December 21||Winter Solstice||Many traditions across the World|
|January 7||Feast of the Nativity||Orthodox Christian|
|January 22||Lunar New year||East Asian Traditions|
|Various dates in Spring||Buddhist New Year||Buddhist|
|February 22||Ash Wednesday||Catholic/Protestant Christian|
|March 22*-Apr 21||Ramadan||Muslim|
|Various dates in April||Water Festival||Southeast Asian Traditions|
|April 5*-April 13||Pesach/Passover||Jewish|
|April 7||Good/Holy Friday||Catholic/Protestant & Orthodox Christian|
|April 8||Vesak (Buddha Day)||Buddhist|
|April 9||Easter||Catholic/Protestant Christian|
|April 16||Pascha||Orthodox Christian|
|April 17*-18||Yom HaShoah||Jewish|
|April 21*-22||‘Eid al-Fitr||Muslim|
|June 21||Summer Solstice||Many traditions across the World|
*Note that Jewish and Muslim holy days begin at sundown on the first day indicated.
Holy days on which absence from work or school is common