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Holiday Schedules

2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 Holiday Schedule

The State Human Resources Commission permits educational institutions to adopt a holiday schedule that differs from the state-wide schedule in order to meet operational needs of the campuses. Institutions may not grant additional paid holidays beyond the 12 days authorized by the General Assembly. The 2018, 2019, 2020, & 2-21 holiday schedule for Western Carolina University will be as follows:

Holiday 2018 2019 2020 2021(Projected)

New Year’s Day

Monday, January 1st

Tuesday, January 1st

Wednesday, January 1st

Friday, January 1st

Martin Luther King, Jr.’ s Birthday

Monday, January 15st

Monday, January 21st

Monday, January 20th

Monday, January 18th

Good Friday

Friday, March 30th

Friday, April 19th

Friday, April 10th

Friday, April 2nd

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4th

Thursday, July 4th

Friday, July 3rd

Monday, July 5th

Labor Day

Monday, September 3nd

Monday, September 2nd

Monday, September 7th

Monday, September 6th


Thursday – Friday, November 22nd-23rd

Thursday – Friday, November 28th-29th

Thursday – Friday, November 26th- 27th

Thursday – Friday, November 25th- 26th


Monday – Monday, December 24th-– December 31st*

Monday – Tuesday, December 23rd – December 31st*

Thursday - Thursday, December 24th – December 31st*

Friday-Friday, December 24th – December 31st*

*The holidays at Christmas are obtained by combining the Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day holidays with the three holidays given for Christmas. To allow for an extended winter closing in 2018, the University will remain closed one additional day on Monday, December 31, 2018). To allow for an extended winter closing in 2019, the University will remain closed two additional days on Monday and Tuesday (December 30 – 31,2019). To allow for an extended winter closing in 2020, the University will remain closed one additional day on Thursday, December 31, 2020. To allow for an extended winter closing in 2021, the University will remain closed one additional day on Friday, December 31, 2021.  FLSA exempt leave earning employees may account for time on these dates by charging the hours to vacation or bonus leave or leave without pay. FLSA non-exempt employees may charge the hours to vacation or bonus leave or compensatory time if eligible. The Smart Time cascading program will adjust leave based on current program rules. As always, compensatory time is charged before personal leave accounts.    

This schedule will enable the University to lower building temperatures during the closing and, thereby, achieve significant energy savings. Building temperatures, except in areas where research or other essential operations require exceptions, will be lowered to approximately 55 degrees during the period the University is closed.  Requests for exceptions to this temperature level should be directed to Mr. Joe Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management, at 227-7441.

Permanent and probationary SHRA, FLSA non-exempt employees who are required to work on a designated University holiday will be paid straight time plus holiday premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight-time hourly rate for the hours worked on these holidays.  In addition, they will be given compensatory time off equal to the holiday hours worked.  Hourly employees and those on temporary staff appointments receive straight-time pay plus a premium of one-half straight-time pay for work on designated University holidays, but they are not given compensatory time off.

Questions concerning the 2019-2021 University Holiday Schedules may be directed to the Office of Human Resources and Payroll at 227-7218. 

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