Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays during the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Calendar index

The religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2018-2019 academic calendar are shown here. This is not an inclusive list and there may be other holidays that pose conflicts for students.

Link to U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Eid al-Adha ** Islam August 20
Paryushan ** Jain September 6
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish September 9 - 11
10th of Muharram ** Islam September 12
Yom Kippur * Jewish September 18 - 19
Sukkot * Jewish September 23 - 25
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish September 30 - October 2
Birth of the Báb *** Baha'i October 20
Diwali ** Hindu November 6 - 10
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh *** Baha’i November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam November 20
Hanukkah * Jewish December 2 - 10
Christmas Christian December 25
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American December 26 - January 1
Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 15
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism February 5
Ash Wednesday Christian March 6
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian March 11
Purim * Jewish March 20 -21
Naw‐Rúz *** Baha’i March 21
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Good Friday Christian April 19
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 19 - 27
Easter Christian April 21
First Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 21
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 26
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 28
Ninth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 29
Twelfth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i May 2
Ramadan ** Islam May 6 - June 4
Declaration of the Báb *** Baha’i May 23
23rd Night of Ramadan ** Islam May 28
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh *** Baha’i May 29
Ascension Day Christian May 30
Eid al-Fitr ** Islam June 3-4
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian June 6
Shavuot * Jewish June 8 - 10
Martyrdom of the Báb *** Baha’i July 10
Holy Day of Arafah ** Islam August 11

* Jewish holy days begin at sundown on the first day listed and end at sundown on last day listed.
** These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
*** The Bahá’í day ends and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Holy Day is observed begins at sunset of the day before the Gregorian calendar dates given above.


U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Although the University of Michigan, as an institution, does not observe religious holidays, it has long been the University's policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance shall be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent. Such notice must be given by the drop/add deadline of the given term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.