The university observes 12 holidays each year:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights
  • A day during spring break*
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • Three additional days, either the day before or after New Year's, July 4, and Christmas are also observed as holidays.

In addition, each member of the nonexempt administrative staff may also select a personal holiday, which must be approved by the immediate supervisor.

These holidays apply to all eligible employees, except those whose special duties are essential to the safety and security of the university as determined by the chancellors.

Union contracts may also govern holiday observance and pay.

*Spring Recess Holiday is normally scheduled for the Friday of the third full week of March, unless otherwise determined by the chancellor for the individual campuses. If adjusted, the chancellor is required to notify the president's office and statewide payroll office a minimum of 30 days in advance of the date selected.
A PDF version of these dates is available here.

2015-2016 Holidays

Independence Day:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 and Friday, July 3, 2015
Labor Day:
Monday, September 7, 2015

Thanksgiving Day:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Day:
Thursday, December 24, 2015 and Friday, December 25, 2015

New Year's Day:
Thursday, December 31, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights:
Monday, January 18, 2016

*Spring Recess:
Friday, March 18, 2016

Memorial Day:
Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 - 2017 Holidays

Independence Day:
Monday, July 4, 2016 and
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Labor Day:
Monday, September 5, 2016

Thanksgiving Day:
Thursday, November 24, 2016 and
Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Day:
Monday, December 26, 2016 and
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year's Day:
Monday, January 2, 2017 and
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights:
Monday, January 16, 2017

*Spring Recess:
Friday, March 17, 2017

Memorial Day:
Monday, May 29, 2017

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