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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 2017–2018 (Observed) FY 2018–2019 (Observed)
Independence Day July 4, 2017 July 4, 2018
Labor Day September 4, 2017 September 3, 2018
Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017 November 22, 2018
Day After Thanksgiving November 24, 2017 November 23, 2018
Christmas Eve Day
December 25, 2017 December 24, 2018
Christmas Day December 26, 2017 December 25, 2018
New Year's Eve January 1, 2018 December 31, 2018
New Year's Day January 2, 2018 January 1, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 15, 2018 January 21, 2019
Memorial Day May 28, 2018 May 27, 2019

*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.