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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 spiritual practices and academic scheduling arise, every effort should be made to allow students to adhere to their tradition, including 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 Spiritual and Religious Life. 

Holidays Which May Impact a Student's Academic Schedule

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

Spring Semester 2024

  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism): 2/10
  • Ash Wednesday (Western Christian): 2/14
  • Naw-Ruz* (Bahá'i): 3/19-3/20
  • Holi* (Hindu): 3/25
  • Good Friday (Western Christian): 3/29
  • Easter (Western Christian): 3/31
  • Ramadan* Begins (Islam): 3/10-4/9
  • Eid al-Fitr* (Muslim): 4/9-4/10
  • Pesach/Passover* (Jewish): 4/22-4/30
  • Vaisakhi (Sikhi): 4/13
  • Pascha (Orthodox Christian): 5/5

Fall Semester 2024

  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu): 9/7
  • Mabon (Wicca): 9/22
  • Rosh HaShanah* (Jewish): 10/2 - 10/4
  • Yom Kippur* (Jewish): 10/11-10/12
  • Sukkot* (Jewish): 10/16 - 10/23
  • Samhain (Wicca): 10/31-11/1
  • Diwali (Hindu): 11/1
  • All Saints Day (Protestant): 11/1
  • Birth of Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhi): 11/15
Willamette University

Office Spiritual and Religious Life

University Center (UC2)
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.