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Holidays

There are ten official holidays observed* by Carnegie Mellon's US campuses. The university is closed on these days, and all non-essential personnel are not expected to report to work. In addition, regular, full-time staff members may take up to three floating holidays per calendar year. Staff members whose employment terms are for four months or less are not regular full-time staff members. (Note that the fiscal year runs from July 1–June 30.) International locations, such as Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, may observe different holidays.

Official University Holiday FY 2016–2017 (Observed) FY 2017–2018 (Observed)
Independence Day July 4, 2016 July 4, 2017
Labor Day September 5, 2016 September 4, 2017
Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016 November 23, 2017
Day After Thanksgiving November 25, 2016 November 24, 2017
Christmas Eve Day December 23, 2016 December 25, 2017
Christmas Day December 26, 2016 December 26, 2017
New Year's Eve December 30, 2016 January 1, 2018
New Year's Day January 2, 2017 January 2, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 16, 2017 January 15, 2018
Memorial Day May 29, 2017 May 28, 2018

*When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding day. (When the preceding day is also a holiday, both holidays are observed on preceding days.) When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following work day.

Floating Holidays

U.S. regular, full-time staff members may take three "floating holidays" during the calendar year, with approval by their immediate supervisor. Staff members whose employment terms are for four months or less are not regular full-time staff members. Unused floating holidays do not carry forward to the next calendar year; if they are not used, they will be lost. No payment for unused floating holidays is made to staff members who separate from the university.

Some departments have policies regarding periods when some floating holidays must or may not be used. Check with your department to determine if such a policy exists in your area.

Floating Holidays for New Staff: 

  • Staff members who begin full-time employment by April 30 are entitled to three floating holidays during the remainder of the calendar year in which they are hired.
  • Those who begin by August 31 are entitled to two days in the remainder of that calendar year.
  • Those who begin by October 31 are entitled to one day in the remainder of that calendar year.
  • Staff members hired on or after November 1 are not eligible for floating holidays during the calendar year in which they are hired.
  • On January 1 of the calendar year following their date of hire, the employee's floating holidays will re-set to three for the new calendar year.