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, see Religious Holidays Information.

Fall Semester 2016

  • Eid al-Adha (Muslim) - September 8*-9
  • Rosh HaShanah (Jewish) - October 3*-44
  • Yom Kippur (Jewish) - October 11*-12
  • Sukkot (Jewish) - October 9*-October 24
  • Ashura (Muslim) - October 22*-23
  • Diwali (Hindu) - October 30
  • Birth of Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh) - November 25

Spring Semester 2017

  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism) - January 28
  • Ash Wednesday (Western Christian) - March 1
  • Naw-Ruz (Bahá'i) - March 21
  • Holi (Hindu) - March 13, 14
  • Pesach/Passover (Jewish) - April 10*-18
  • Good Friday (Western Christian) - April 14
  • Pascha (Orthodox Christian) - April 14
  • Easter (Western Christian) - March 27
  • Vaisakhi (Sikh) - April 14
  • Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian) - April 29

Summer 2017

  • Ramadan Begins (Muslim) - May 26*, 27
  • Shavuot (Jewish) - May 30*-31
  • Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) - June 24*, 25