Carnegie Mellon University

Holidays

Carnegie Mellon's U.S. campuses observe 10 official holidays. The university is closed on these days, and all non-essential personnel are not expected to report to work. Regular, full-time staff members may also take up to three floating holidays per calendar year.

Eligibility

The holiday benefit is available to U.S. regular, full-time staff members. Staff members whose employment terms are for four months or less are not regular full-time staff members.

International locations, such as Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, may observe different holidays.

Holiday Schedule

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 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. These floating holidays may be taken on days of your choosing, with your supervisor's approval.

Eligibility

The floating holiday benefit is available to U.S. regular, full-time staff members. Staff members whose employment terms are for four months or less are not regular full-time staff members.

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.

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.

For new staff members, the number of floating holidays you are entitled to is prorated based on your hire date.

Floating Holidays for New Staff Members 

  • 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.