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.

Summer 2015

  • Ramadan (Muslim) - June 17*-July 17
  • Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) - July 17*-18

Fall Semester 2015

  • Rosh HaShanah (Jewish) - September 13*-14
  • Yom Kippur (Jewish) - September 22*-23
  • Eid al-Adha (Muslim) - September 22*-23
  • Sukkot (Jewish) - September 27*-October 4
  • Ashura (Muslim) - October 22*-23
  • Diwali (Hindu) - November 11
  • Birth of Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh) - November 25
  • Hanukkah (Jewish) - December 6*-14
  • Christmas (Christian) - December 25

Spring Semester 2016

  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism) - February 8
  • Ash Wednesday (Western Christian) - February 10
  • Naw-Ruz (Bahá'i) - March 21
  • Holi (Hindu) - March 23
  • Good Friday (Western Christian) - March 25
  • Easter (Western Christian) - March 27
  • Vaisakhi (Sikh) - April 14
  • Pesach/Passover (Jewish) - April 22*-30
  • Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian) - April 29
  • Pascha (Orthodox Christian) - May 1

Summer 2016

  • Ramadan (Muslim) - June 5*-July 5
  • Shavuot (Jewish) - June 11*-12
  • Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) - July 5*-6