University Holiday Schedule

The following are the officially observed 2014 U.Va. Academic Division holidays:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014New Year’s Day
Monday, January 20, 2014Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, March 14, 2014Spring Break Day
Monday, May 26, 2014Memorial Day
Friday, July 4, 2014Independence Day
Monday, September 1, 2014Labor Day
Wednesday, November 26, 2014Day Before Thanksgiving (FULL DAY)
Thursday, November 27, 2014Thanksgiving
Friday, November 28, 2014Day After Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 24, 2014Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25, 2014Christmas Day
Friday, December 26, 2014Day After Christmas
Wednesday, December 31, 2014New Year’s Eve

In order to offer as many holiday hours as the Commonwealth, we will also award twelve hours of comp time for 2014 on Dec. 30, 2013, the start of the new leave year. Four of those were announced late in the year for Dec. 31, 2013. These hours are reflected on the 2014 comparison table as comp time added for 2014 but were made available for use on Dec. 30, 2013.

Eight hours of additional leave were awarded on Dec. 16, 2013 and are available for use until Dec. 16, 2014.

View a holiday comparison table of the University and Commonwealth schedules.

Special Note Regarding Essential Services

Even with careful scheduling, on certain University holidays some departments need to be open and should arrange at least limited coverage to provide essential services. For example, most student-related University offices will need to be open on Labor Day because classes are held on that day, and it is expected that your supervisors will arrange for adequate coverage. It is important for all of us to understand how necessary our services are and to work with each other to arrange an equitable schedule from year to year.

When you are asked to work on a holiday, compensatory leave will be awarded. Supervisors should give adequate advance notice to the affected employees for planning purposes.

Your supervisor or department administrators can answer questions about required coverage during other holidays.

Additional Holiday Information

As always, if you wish to take additional leave or use your comp time around the holidays, you will need to have approval in advance from your supervisor. Supervisors are encouraged to be as flexible as possible in granting leave requests, especially during holiday periods.

  • Procedures and eligibility rules for administering holiday leave are posted under the Holiday Schedule Memo.
  • The University of Virginia’s Health System administration will distribute holiday information pertaining to the Medical Center and Clinics.
  • The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has its own information on its holiday schedule.

If you have any questions concerning these holidays please call the HR Service Center at 982.0123 or send an email to