Sam Houston State University provides paid holidays to employees to help balance work and family responsibilities. Employees may observe alternative holidays in lieu of a university holiday.


Benefits-eligible staff, with an FTE greater than or equal to .5, are eligible for paid holidays. Academic year faculty/academic staff, temporary employees (including students), and part-time employees who work irregular schedules are not eligible for paid holidays. Those not eligible should refer to the academic calendar for holidays.

Academic Calendar

Holiday Schedule

Below is the holiday schedule for fiscal year 2022.

Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Labor Day September 6, 2021 Monday
Thanksgiving November 25, 2021 Thursday
Thanksgiving November 26, 2021 Friday
Winter Break December 24, 2021 Friday
Winter Break December 27, 2021 Monday
Winter Break December 28, 2021 Tuesday
Winter Break December 29, 2021 Wednesday
Winter Break December 30, 2021 Thursday
Winter Break December 31, 2021 Friday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 17, 2022 Monday
Memorial Day May 30, 2022 Monday
Independence Day July 4, 2022 Monday

Energy Conservation Day

The university is officially closed for Energy Conservation Day. As such, only essential personnel report for duty. Staff should report this time as Emergency Leave on their timesheet.

Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Energy Conservation Day March 18, 2022 Friday

Alternative Holidays

The following alternative days may be observed in lieu of a university holiday. Employees will need to discuss with their supervisor about availability of the desired date to switch.

Due to university closure during scheduled holidays, employees observing alternative days shall be charged available vacation, compensatory time or unpaid leave to account for the alternative day. The total number of holidays in a year to which an employee is entitled is not changed by use of alternative holidays.

Alternative Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Rosh Hashanah September 7, 2021 Tuesday
Rosh Hashanah September 8, 2021 Wednesday
Yom Kippur September 16, 2021 Thursday
Good Friday April 15, 2022 Friday