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Winter Vacation Update

November 14, 2020

With 2021 approaching, we are pleased to remind you of the Winter Break announcement in today’s message to faculty and staff from the President, Provost, Executive Vice President (EVP), Vice President for Human Resources, and Vice Provost for Faculty.

Special Winter Vacation Extended Three Days
To show gratitude for the extraordinary work of Penn faculty and staff this year, the University has extended winter break. Faculty and staff will have three additional Special Winter Vacation days this fiscal year: December 24, 2020, and January 4 and 5, 2021.

The entire Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff will be December 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31, 2020, as well as January 4 and 5, 2021.

Here’s a reminder of Penn’s upcoming holiday observances.


Thanksgiving–Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, 2020

Christmas Day–Saturday, December 25, 2020

New Year’s Day–Friday, January 1, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–Monday, January 18, 2021

Memorial Day–Monday, May 31, 2021

For a complete list of this fiscal year’s holidays and details on policies regarding work over Special Winter Vacation, visit the Almanac.