Religious Observance Policy

The University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression.  The University is also an active community with a wide range of personal commitments and academic and extracurricular activities. 

Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays.  Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible. 

Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance.  A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester.  The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner. 

Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students’ religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.       

The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide.  It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions.  However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday not included on the calendar.    

The holidays listed are those which occur during the academic year when the University is open.

University of Richmond Religious Observance Calendar 2015-19







Buddha’s Enlightenment Day

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Buddha’s Birthday

Friday, April 8, 2016

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tuesday, April 9, 2019



Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday, April 21, 2019



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Monday, January 7, 2019

Good Friday

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday, April 26, 2019


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 28, 2019



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, November 7, 2018



Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Rosh Hashanah


September 14, 2015


October 3, 2016


September 21, 2017


September 10, 2018

Yom Kippur


September 23, 2015


October 12, 2016


September 30, 2017


September 19, 2018

First day of Sukkot


September 28, 2015


October 17, 2016


October 5, 2017


September 24, 2018

First day of Passover


April 23, 2016


April 11, 2017


March 31, 2018


April 20, 2019



Muslim Holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Eid al-Fitr

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Friday, June 15, 2018

Eid al-Adha

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Buddha's Enlightenment Day -- Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.

Buddha's Birthday -- The birthday of the Buddha.


Ash Wednesday -- This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.

Good Friday -- The day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday -- The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.


Diwali -- Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.


Rosh Hashanah -- Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.

Yom Kippur -- Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.

Sukkot -- Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.

Passover -- Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.


Eid al-Fitr -- Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means "breaking the fast."

Eid al-Adha -- Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael's place

Ashura -- Shi'a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad's grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.