Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2020
Classes begin - Monday, August 24, 2020
Labor Day (classes meet) - Monday, September 7, 2020
Last day to file for May/August graduation - Friday, September 18, 2020
Fall break begins after last class - Friday, October 9, 2020
Classes resume - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Thanksgiving break begins after classes - Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Classes resume - Monday, November 30, 2020
Fall term examination period - Monday, December 7, 2020 through Friday, December 18, 2020
Fall term ends - Friday, December 18, 2020
Fall diploma date - Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Spring Semester 2021
Classes begin - Monday, January 11, 2021
Last day to file for December graduation - Friday, February 5, 2021
Spring break begins after classes - Friday, March 5, 2021
Classes resume - Monday, March 15, 2021
Spring term examination period - Monday, April 26, 2021 through Friday, May 7, 2021
Spring term ends - Friday, May 7, 2021
Spring Commencement - Saturday, May 8, 2021
Baccalaureate Service - Sunday, May 9, 2021
University of Richmond Religious Observance Calendar

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 from any tradition not included on the calendar. For information about additional holidays from these and other faith traditions, see interfaith-calendar.org.

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

Buddhist 2020-21
Buddha's Enlightenment Day - Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Buddha's Birthday - Thursday, April 8, 2021
Christian 2020-21
Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Good Friday - Friday, April 10, 2020
Easter - Sunday, April 12, 2020
Eastern Orthodox 2020-21
Christmas - Thursday, January 7, 2021
Good Friday - Friday, April 30, 2021
Easter - Sunday, May 2, 2021
Jewish - 2019-20
Rosh Hashanah, first two days - Monday, September 30, 2019 through Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 9, 2019
First day of Sukkot - Monday, October 14, 2019
First day of Passover - Thursday, April 9, 2020
Muslim - 2020-21
Eid al-Fitr - Sunday, May 24, 2020
Eid al-Adha - Friday, July 31, 2020
Ashura - Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ramadan - Tuesday, April 13, 2021 through Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Hindu 2020-21
Diwali - Saturday, November 14, 2020
Holi - Monday, March 29, 2021