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Holiday calendar

Plan ahead and mark these dates on your calendar for when the university closes to observe the various holidays.

Twelve-month faculty and classified staff observe the holiday schedule below. Nine-month faculty observe the same holidays as students; they do not accrue holiday time. VCU’s holiday schedule includes any additional holiday time granted by the governor.

VCU's 2015 holiday schedule

  • New Year’s observance 
    Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2015 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 19, 2015
  • Memorial Day
    May 25, 2015
  • Independence Day observance 
    July 3, 2015
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 7, 2015
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 25 (4 hours leave granted)*, Nov. 26 and 27, 2015
  • Winter closing**
    Dec. 19, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016 

  *Four hours of holiday leave granted by the Governor for the Thanksgiving observance for eligible employees. Employees who wish to take the whole day must use four hours of appropriate eligible leave to account for an eight-hour work day.

**VCU's 2015-2016 winter closing (Dec. 19, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016) requires eligible faculty and staff to use 24 hours of appropriate eligible leave, with or without pay, to cover the time away from work. Current and new employees are encouraged to save appropriate eligible leave throughout the year to cover the time away from work as indicated below. Employees who are required to work during the winter closing will accrue holiday leave for the hours worked.

  • 8 hours of appropriate eligible leave, with or without pay, for Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
  • 8 hours of appropriate eligible leave, with or without pay, for Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
  • 8 hours of appropriate eligible leave, with or without pay, for Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Note: Jan. 1, 2016 is part of VCU's 2016 holiday calendar. VCU resumes normal business operations on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

See also VCU's combined pay and holiday schedule for 2015 pdf icon and this communication pdf icon.

Please note: The holiday schedule above does not apply to VCU Health employees, as those employees are covered by their Paid Time Off (PTO) program that combines annual, sick and holiday leave. 

VCU's 2016 holiday schedule

  • New Year’s Day 
    Jan. 1, 2016 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 18, 2016
  • Memorial Day
    May 30, 2016
  • Independence Day 
    July 4, 2016
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 5, 2016
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 23 (4 hours leave granted)*, Nov. 24 and 25, 2016
  • Winter closing**
    Dec. 23, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017

  *Four hours of holiday leave granted by the Governor for the Thanksgiving observance for eligible employees. Employees who wish to take the whole day must use four hours of appropriate eligible leave to account for an eight-hour work day.

**VCU's 2016-2017 winter closing (Dec. 23, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017) requires no additional hours for which eligible faculty and staff must take leave, with or without pay, to cover the time away from work. If the Governor grants additional holiday leave, any additional hours will be designated as "float" holiday hours to be used within 12 months of the date(s) of accrual. 

Note: Jan. 2, 2017 (New Year's Day observed) is part of VCU's 2017 holiday calendar. VCU resumes normal business operations on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

See also VCU's combined pay and holiday schedule for 2016 pdf icon and this communication pdf icon.

Please note: The holiday schedule above does not apply to VCU Health employees, as those employees are covered by their Paid Time Off (PTO) program that combines annual, sick and holiday leave.

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