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University Holiday Schedule

University Holiday Schedule

Stanford provides 10 paid holidays each year to eligible employees.

Stanford recognizes these holidays, which are paid days off for eligible employees.

Holiday 2017 date

New Year's Day

Monday, Jan. 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 16
Presidents' Day Monday, Feb. 20
Memorial Day Monday, May 29
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24
Winter Holidays* Monday, December 25, 2017; Tuesday, December 26, 2017; Monday, January 1, 2018
Winter Closure* From Monday, December 25, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018; regular operations resume on Monday, January 8, 2018. Designated university holidays during this time period are: Monday and Tuesday, December 25 & 26, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018.
Floating Holiday** Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor

*Winter Holidays/Closure

In addition to the paid winter holidays, the university's winter closure takes place between fall and winter academic quarters. Employees in organizational areas that observe winter closure will receive holiday pay for university holidays that fall during the closure, and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days.

View 2017 Holidays Schedule (printable PDF)

Paid Holiday Eligibility and Policies

Eligibility for Paid Holidays

You are eligible for paid holidays beginning on your first day of employment if you are normally scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week, which is 50 percent or more of regular full‐time employment, also known as FTE.

Temporary and Casual Employees

Temporary and casual employees are not eligible for paid holidays or a floating holiday.

Global Staff

For international holiday policies and schedules, please refer to Offerings for Global Staff.

**Floating Holiday

A floating holiday is available to all regular employees each January 1 of the calendar year and can be taken any time within that calendar year, with supervisory approval.

Holiday Pay Policy

For Stanford’s policy on paid holidays, please refer to Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.13.