University Policy on Religious Holidays

Willamette University recognizes the value of religious practice and strives to accommodate students’ commitment to their religious traditions whenever possible. When conflicts between holy days or other religious practice and academic scheduling arise, every effort should be made to allow students to adhere to their tradition, including, when possible, excusing class absences and allowing make-up work. A student anticipating the need to miss a class for religious reasons should alert the faculty member within the first two weeks of the semester, and the two of them should determine the next course of action. Any unresolved difficulty should be referred to the Office of the Chaplains.


Holidays Which May Impact a Student's Academic Schedule

An asterisk (*) indicates that the holiday begins at sundown.

For a description of these holidays and a complete list of holidays, please see the interfaith calendar.

Fall Semester 2018

  • Eid al-Adha* (Muslim): 8/22- 8/25
  • Rosh HaShanah* (Jewish): 9/9 - 9/11
  • Yom Kippur* (Jewish): 9/18 - 9/19
  • Ashura* (Muslim): 9/19 - 9/20
  • Sukkot* (Jewish): 9/24 - 9/30
  • Diwali (Hindu): 11/7
  • Birth of Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh): 11/23

Spring Semester 2019

  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism): 2/5
  • Ash Wednesday (Western Christian): 3/6
  • Holi (Hindu): 3/20-3/21
  • Naw-Ruz* (Bahá'i): 3/20 - 3/21
  • Vaisakhi (Sikh): 4/14
  • Good Friday (Western Christian): 4/19
  • Pesach/Passover* (Jewish): 4/19 - 4/27
  • Easter (Western Christian): 4/21
  • Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian): 4/26
  • Pascha (Orthodox Christian): 4/28

Summer 2019

  • Ramadan* Begins (Muslim): 5/5
  • Eid al-Fitr* (Muslim): 6/5 - 6/7
  • Shavuot* (Jewish): 6/9 - 6/10