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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.


New Year's Day

Monday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 15
Presidents' Day Monday, February 19
Memorial Day Monday, May 28
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 3

Thursday, November 22;
Friday, November 23

Winter holidays*

Monday, December 24;
Tuesday, December 25

Winter closure* Monday, December 24, 2018 through Friday, January 4, 2019.

The following dates are designated as university holidays:  Monday, December 24, 2018, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Regular operations will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.
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 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. The winter closure dates are set by senior leadership after reviewing the Stanford academic calendar as well as the closure 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

View 2018 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.

Employees represented by either SEIU or SDSA should consult their respective collective bargaining agreements.