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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 2021 Dates
New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Friday, January 1, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 2020 Monday, January 18, 2021
Presidents' Day Monday, February 17, 2020 Monday, February 15, 2021
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020 Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2020 Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2020 Monday, September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26; Friday, November 27, 2020 Thursday, November 25; Friday, November 26
Winter holidays* Thursday, December 24; Friday, December 25, 2020 Thursday, December 23; Friday, December 24
Winter close*

From Monday, December  14, 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.

2021 Winter close dates to be announced in spring 2021
Floating holiday** Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor. Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor.

View 2020/2021 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 2020 designated university holidays, leaders have approved five extra days off with pay for employees working in departments that close for the entire period of December 14, 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.

SLAC Staff

Policies may differ from those stated here due to the operational requirements; please view the holiday policies posted in the SLAC Intranet. 

 

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