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Holiday Observance

University employees are granted eleven paid holidays.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day January 1
Martin Luther King Day* January (third Monday)
President's Day* February (third Monday)
Memorial Day May (last Monday)
Juneteenth June 19
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September (first Monday)
Columbus Day* October (second Monday)
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day November (fourth Thursday)
Christmas Day December 25

A holiday falling on Saturday shall be observed on the preceding Friday; a holiday falling on Sunday shall be observed on the following Monday.

*The university is permitted to move the observance of three holidays, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, and Columbus Day, to days other than those specified. If the observance date is moved, employees shall be notified in the University Holiday Schedule.

Holiday Compensation

  • Regardless of their work shift or schedule, regularly scheduled staff are entitled to holiday pay. Holidays that fall during breaks for faculty are observed as time off. Part-time staff are entitled to holiday pay for those hours of the holiday during which they would normally have been scheduled to work. Full-time staff are entitled to holiday pay regardless of the day of the week on which the holiday is observed.
  • If a holiday occurs during a period of paid sick leave or vacation, the employee shall draw holiday pay and shall not be charged for sick leave or vacation.
  • Payment shall not be made for a holiday that occurs during a leave of absence. A leave of absence should neither start nor end on a holiday.
  • An employee who is absent without approved leave on a workday immediately preceding a holiday can be denied holiday pay unless the absence is subsequently approved by the appointing authority.
  • Hourly-paid staff who are required to work on a holiday shall receive compensation in addition to the holiday pay computed at one and one-half times the employee's total rate of pay. The employee can elect to receive monetary compensation or to take compensatory time off at the time-and-one-half rate within thirty days of the holiday.

Current Holiday Schedule

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For calendar year 2023, Wright State University will follow the policy below in providing paid winter leave to employees during Winter Break.





Labor Day

Monday, September 4, 2023


Veterans Day

Friday, November 10, 2023


Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 23, 2023


Day after Thanksgiving

Friday, November 24, 2023

Observance of Columbus Day (floating holiday)

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 22, 2023

Observance of President’s Day (floating holiday)


Monday, December 25, 2023


New Year’s Day

Monday, January 1, 2024


Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 15, 2024


Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2024



Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2024


Visit the Division of Inclusive Excellence website for a list of unpaid Religious Holidays/Holy Days.