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

Fall 2021

Date Day Description Notes
July 19-20 Monday-Tuesday Eid al Adha Begins at sundown on July 19
September 7-8 Tuesday-Wednesday Rosh Hashanah Begins at sundown September 6
September 16 Thursday Yom Kippur Begins at sundown on September 15
November 25 Thursday Thanksgiving
December 25 Saturday Christmas


Spring 2022

Date Day Description Notes
April 16-April 23
1st seder Fri, April 15
2nd seder Sat, April 16
Friday-Saturday Passover Begins at sundown on April 15
April 15 Friday Good Friday
April 17 Sunday Easter
April 22 Friday Orthodox Good Friday
April 24 Sunday Orthodox Easter
April 2-May 2 Ramadan Requires sunrise-sundown fast for 30 days
May 2-3 Monday-Tuesday Eid al-Fitr