Areas of Study

Gallaudet University values diverse religious perspectives and beliefs. Our students
celebrate and value a variety of religious traditions. We are committed to supporting our
students observing their religious holidays, while also maintaining their commitment to
their academic efforts.

The University recognizes the importance of religious holidays and encourages all faculty
to make reasonable accommodations necessary for students’ observances. Students should
provide faculty reasonable prior notice of religious holidays on which they will be absent.
For more information about the University’s guidance to students regarding potential
conflicts between academic and religious calendars, please visit the Registrar’s Office

It is important to note that the faculty have authority to set their own attendance policies
and have discretion to designate a student absence as “excused” or “unexcused” based on
academic judgments.

A representative list of holy days for the 2022-2023 academic year from several major
traditions follows. These are only representative holidays and this list is not exhaustive.
For a more complete listing, please visit the Interfaith Calendar.

Dates Observance
Sunday, *Sept 25 – Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022 Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, *Oct 4 – Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022 Yom Kippur
Sunday, *Oct 9 – Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 Sukkot
Sunday, * Oct 16 – Tuesday, Oct 18, 2022 Shemini Atzeret
Monday, *Oct 17 – Tuesday, Oct 18, 2022 Simchat Torah
Monday, Sept 26 – Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022 Navratri
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022 Dussehra
Monday, Oct 24 2022 Diwali
Sunday, *December 18 – Monday, Dec 26, 2022 Hanukkah
Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 Lunar New Year
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023 Ash Wednesday
Sunday, April 16, 2023 Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent
Monday *March 6 – Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Purim
Wednesday, *April 5 – Thursday, April 13, 2023 Pesach/Passover
Friday, April 7, 2023 Good Friday
Friday, April 7, 2023 Holy Friday
Wednesday, March 22 – Friday, April 21, 2023 Ramadan
Thursday, May 18, 2023 Ascension Day

* After sundown

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