Paydays and holidays

Plan ahead and mark these dates on your calendar for when the university closes to observe the various holidays. Twelve-month faculty and classified staff observe the holiday schedule below. Nine-month faculty observe the same holidays as students; they do not accrue holiday time. VCU’s holiday schedule includes any additional holiday time granted by the Governor.

2017 Holidays

  • New Year’s Day 
    Jan. 2, 2017 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 16, 2017
  • Memorial Day
    May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day 
    July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 22 (4 hours leave granted*), Nov. 23 and 24, 2017
  • Winter closing
    Dec. 21, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018

The 2017-18 winter break runs December 21- January 2, 2018 and requires no additional hours for which eligible faculty and staff must take leave to cover the time away from work. In addition to the four hours of leave granted on November 22, the Governor has granted four hours of leave that VCU employees may use at any time between December 10, 2017 and December 9, 2018. This calendar is subject to revisions.

For 2017 the Governor has again granted additional holiday leave as follows:

  • 8 hours on Monday, July 3, 2017 (moved to Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017)
  • 4 hours on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 (the day before Thanksgiving) 
  • 4 hours on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 (float hours that VCU employees may use between December 10, 2017 and December 9, 2018)
  • 8 hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 
  • *NEW* 8 hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Please note that Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 is a state holiday (Christmas Day observed) and now part of VCU’s 2017 winter closing. Following past practice, we moved four state holidays to the 2017 winter closing as VCU remains open on these days: 

  • Jan. 13:  Lee-Jackson Day (moved to Friday, Dec. 22)
  • Feb. 20:  George Washington Day (moved to Wednesday, Dec. 27)
  • Oct. 9:  Columbus Day (moved to Thursday, Dec. 28)
  • Nov. 10:  Veterans Day (moved to Friday, Dec. 29)

*Additional time off is granted by the Governor for eligible employees. When additional time off is only 4 hours, employees must use 4 hours of appropriate eligible leave if they wish to take the entire day off. View or print the combined 2017 Payday and Holiday Calendar

2018 Holidays

  • New Year’s Day 
    Jan. 1, 2018
  • Additional leave granted
    Jan. 2, 2018 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 15, 2018
  • Memorial Day
    May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day 
    July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 21 (4 hours leave granted*), Nov. 22 and 23, 2018
  • Winter closing
    Dec. 21, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019

The 2018-19 winter break runs December 21- January 1, 2019 and does not require that faculty and staff take leave to cover the time away from work. This calendar is subject to revisions. For 2018 the Governor has again granted additional holiday leave as follows:

  • 4 hours on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 (the day before Thanksgiving) 
  • 8 hours on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018
  • 8 hours on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

Please note that Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 is a state holiday (Christmas Day observed) and now part of VCU’s 2018 winter closing. Following past practice, we moved four state holidays to the 2018 winter closing as VCU remains open on these days: 

  • Jan. 12:  Lee-Jackson Day (moved to Friday, Dec. 21)
  • Feb. 19:  George Washington Day (moved to Wednesday, Dec. 26)
  • Oct. 8:  Columbus Day (moved to Thursday, Dec. 27)
  • Nov. 12:  Veterans Day (moved to Friday, Dec. 28)

*Additional time off is granted by the Governor for eligible employees. When additional time off is only 4 hours, employees must use 4 hours of appropriate eligible leave if they wish to take the entire day off. View or print the combined 2018 VCU Payday and Holiday Calendar.