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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 2020 Dates
New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 2020
Presidents' Day Monday, February 17, 2020
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2020
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26; Friday, November 27, 2020
Winter holidays* Thursday, December 24; Friday, December 25, 2020
Winter close*

From Monday, December  21, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021, with the following dates designated as university holidays:

  • Thursday, December 24, 2020, 
  • Friday, December 25, 2020, and 
  • Friday, January 1, 2021

Regular operations will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Floating holiday** Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor.

View 2020 Holidays Schedule (printable PDF)


Paid Holiday Eligibility and Policies

*Employees in operational areas that observe winter close will receive holiday pay for holidays that fall during the close, and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days. In addition to the designated university holidays, leaders have approved three extra days off with pay for employees working in departments that close for the entire period of December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021.

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

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 (50% or more of regular full-time employment, also known as FTE).

Floating Holiday

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

Holiday Pay Policy

For Stanford’s policy on paid holidays, see Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.13: Paid Holidays. Employees represented by either SEIU or SDSA should consult their respective collective bargaining agreements.

Global Staff

For international holiday policies and schedules, see Offerings for Global Staff.

 

Additional Information about WINTER HOLIDAYS/CLOSE

In addition to the paid winter holidays, the university's winter close takes place between fall and winter academic quarters. Employees in operational areas that observe winter close will receive holiday pay for holidays that fall during the close and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days. The winter close dates are set by senior leadership after reviewing the Stanford academic calendar as well as the close dates for area school districts and balancing several other factors. The timing may affect individuals and departments differently, but the overall goal is to provide an opportunity for a meaningful break from work