Colgate has a deep commitment to support students' religious observances and diverse faith practices.

Holidays and Classes

In some cases, religious holidays and the academic calendar may come into conflict with one another. 

Policy on the Observance of Religious Holidays

To learn more about the observance of religious holidays, contact the Office of the Chaplains at 315-228-7682 or

Upcoming Religious Holiday Dates

Fall 2019

Date Day Description Notes
August 10-11 Saturday-Sunday Eid al-Adha Begins at sundown on August 9
September 30-October 1 Monday–Tuesday Rosh Hashanah Begins at sundown on September 29
October 9 Wednesday Yom Kippur Begins at sundown on October 8
November 28 Thursday Thanksgiving
December 25 Wednesday Christmas

Spring 2020

Date Day Description Notes
April 8-16
1st seder Wed, April 8
2nd seder Thurs, April 9
Wednesday–Thursday Passover Begins at sundown on April 8
April 10 Friday Good Friday
April 12 Sunday Easter Sunday
April 17 Friday Orthodox Good Friday
April 19 Sunday Orthodox Easter
April 23-May 23 Ramadan Requires sunrise-sundown fast for 30 days
May 23-24 Saturday–Sunday Eid al-Fitr