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Religious Observance Policy


Throughout the course of the academic year various religious groups celebrate their high holidays. While not all of them warrant an absence from class time or athletic events, some might. Below are listed the dates of the high holidays from various traditions for the current academic year and Hamilton’s policy on missing class or practice for religious observance.

College Policy on Absence Related to Religious Observance

In compliance with New York Education Law pertaining to institutions of higher education, Hamilton College affirms that “…each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.” Further as provided by this law, “no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this section.”

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact anyone at the Chaplaincy office.

2016-17 Religious Holidays

Date(s) Day(s) Holiday Religion
September 11-14 Sunday-Wednesday Eid-ul-Fitr* Muslim
October 3-4 Monday-Tuesday Rosh Hashanah* Jewish
October 12 Wednesday Yom Kippur* Jewish
October 17-23 Monday-Sunday Sukkot* Jewish
October 24 Monday Shemini Atzeret* Jewish
October 25 Tuesday Simchat Torah* Jewish
October 30 Sunday Diwali Hindu/Sikh
December 25-January 1 Monday-Sunday Hanukkah* Jewish
December 25 Sunday Christmas Christian
December 26-January 1 Monday-Sunday Kwanzaa Interfaith
January 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Buddhist
March 1 Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian
March 12 Sunday Purim* Jewish
April 11-18 Tuesday-Tuesday Passover* Jewish
April 14 Friday Good Friday Christian
April 16 Sunday Easter Christian
May 27 Saturday First Day of Ramadan Muslim

*Holidays begin at sundown the day before the date indicated.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Jewish high holidays of the year.

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